“Marvelous Grace”

Uh, yeah.

What a MASSIVE failure Lent was for me this year.

About two weeks into Lent, I gave up.  I was feeling oh so deprived.

At the time, it made sense.  It’s been a hard year, and I’d felt like I’d been deprived in a lot of ways in the fall when I couldn’t sleep, couldn’t do the stuff I normally enjoy doing and was just miserable.

I felt like I’d gone through my time of Lent for the year.

And I suppose I did.

So, I went back to doing whatever it was that I wanted and left Lent alone.

But then a funny thing happened last week.  I realized that by deliberately giving up on Lent, I somehow learned its lesson anyway.

You see, Lent is supposed to remind us of our faults and our failings, our selfishness and our corruptness, and that we need a Saviour.  We can’t do everything ourselves.  And in pushing Lent to the side, I somehow reminded myself of all of these things.

So while I thought I completely failed this Lent, I ended up not failing at all.  

What wonderful grace.

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