Good Afternoon Rev. Mayo,
I just finished your commentary in the Sunday, 11 Feb 2018 Houston Chronicle. Lent has a;ways been an important season for me. Growing up Catholic, it is a time of repentance & sacrifice. While no longer a practicing Catholic, I still adhere to those beliefs ( old habits die hard!)
Lately for whatever reason,, I've had a extremely difficult time hearing God. So many people I know expound on their relationship with God, hearing Him in their daily lives. I've felt lost, like I was missing out. Why can't I hear Him? Reading this article about Lent I felt God was sitting at the table with me! What you wrote struck me to the core. So many times I have felt worthless, in God's eye & in my life in general.
Perhaps it's from parents who berated me from an early age or from my lack in faith that God can work miracles in my life. Oh, I have been a recipient of God's love my entire life. Most often I don't see it, other times I'm humbled by God's mercy & love in my life.
Perhaps I've tried too hard to bring God into focus. I Kings 19:11-12 perfectly illustrates God. In the silence, He will be there. Stop. Listen. He is there. So hard to accomplish in our harried, busy lives. Yet you have brought God back into focus. You have presented to us God is always there. All we have to do is listen. He is sitting with my at my breakfast table, presenting me this article to remind me He is always with me even when it's so hard to see. Him.
I thank you for this article. I've felt such despair at not feeling God close to me. Yet, here He is siting across from me at this table..
I look forward to this season of Lent. I pray I can benefit from this time to be a better person, worthy of God's love.
I pray that other people who are troubled in their relationship with God find solace & peace, using the Lenten season to rekindle a closer relationship with God. He is sitting right there at the table, across from you.
Thank-you again Rev. Mayo for such an insight to this Lenten season.
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