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Have yourself a merry little Lent

I have to admit: the past few days have been a serious challenge. A dear friend of ours - best man at our wedding - just learned that his father is dying. Another friend is struggling with horrid anxiety. I've got some sort of infection in my mouth that isn't resolving and is quite painful.

Last night, as I was waiting and hoping for the pain meds to kick in, all I could do was pray: "Thank you, Jesus." I know that Christ is allowing me the great grace to suffer with Him as I journey through Lent, for whatever reason. We know we must be purified from our sins, that we must recognize how much Christ chose to suffer for us, how much we must rely on Him. It's only in this recognition and our gratefulness for it that we allow Christ to work in us.

Thank you, Jesus.

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