"Jesus went through one town and village after another, teaching as He made His way to Jerusalem." Luke 13:22
Three years ago as we entered into the Lenten season, I receive the tragic news about the loss of my father. I was suddenly enveloped in darkness and fearful of the unknown path I had to travel. Seeking comfort and longing for peace, I found myself studying scripture more than I had in a very long time. I began to think about the path Jesus took to the cross, and I was drawn to a familiar chorus:
"Jesus walked this lonesome valley, He had to walk it by himself; O, nobody else could walk it for Him, He had to walk it by himself."
In the midst of all the chaos around Jesus as he journeyed to Jerusalem, he never stopped teaching; He never stopped serving; He never stopped forgiving; He never stopped loving...US!!! I found my answers! I had to claim the promises of God's love for me. I drew strength from His Word and I began to understand the greatness of His love, mercy and grace. Now I ask you the question I dealt with: What if we knew we only had 40 days left to walk on this earth? Where would our path lead? Mountain topi experiences are great, but a walk in the valley can be transforming. let us walk together during Lent, from the manger to the cross.
"You show me the path of life. In your presence there is fullness of joy; in your right hand are pleasures forevermore." Psalm 16:11