So no matter what courses, resources, videos, retreats, sermons, etc etc we encounter during this coming journey into Lent this great song reminds me that each of us has a unique relationship with God and as the song says
"Can't nobody walk it for you -yep we've each got to walk that valley for ourselves folks.........."
"The most important, the most real, and lasting work of the Christian is accomplished in the depths of his/her own soul. It cannot be seen by anyone, even by him/herself. It is known only to God. The work is not so much a matter of fidelity to visible and general standards, as of faith: the interior, anguished, almost desperately solitary act by which we affirm our total subjection to God by grasping his word..."
Thomas Merton, Life and Holiness.
Next is Toby Mac - it's a rap .....
and a great one..
"All eyes are on you Jesus
Light a candle y'all ..."
" When I was young, I wanted to suffer for God. I pictured myself being the great and glorious martyr. There's something so romantic about laying down your life. I guess every young person might see themselves that way, but now I know it is mostly ego. There is nothing glorious about any actual moment of suffering—when you're in the middle of it. You swear it's meaningless. You swear it has nothing to do with goodness or holiness or God.
The very essence of any experience of trial is that you want to get out. A lack of purpose, of meaning—is the precise suffering of suffering! When you find a pattern in your suffering, a direction, you can accept it and go with it.
The great suffering, the suffering of Jesus, is when that pattern is not immediately given. The soul can live without success, but it cannot live without meaning."
Richard Rohr, adapted from Radical Grace: Daily Meditations.