Yesterday, one of the women in church thanked me for writing these daily reflections since it was probably a lot of work. And I replied that writing and thinking about Lent was just as important to me as it was to her and that I often wrote about a need or difficulty I was having. I, too, need to be reminded to pause, breathe, pray, let go of outcomes, put away discouragement.
I am grateful to all of you who are part of this Lenten community.
And here’s something else that’s come to me because of these posts: new friends from all over whom I may never meet but who have liked what I wrote and thanked me. Some of these are young people, making a difference in the lives around them; some work with diversity by getting kids into teamwork; some pass on the blogs and in that way help others around them.
I was a stranger and you made me welcome.
We can all be reminded of those around us who need to feel better, even if that helping hand is only a smile. Smiles cost so little and reap such huge harvests!
Practice being conscious of those around you today – at work, home, shopping, and especially those driving who seem distracted. Reach out to them however you can and offer a silent prayer, a hand, a smile.
Money isn’t what changes the world: people do.