One thing that struck me in one of the songs we sang today at mass - "through our death and our rising." It seems that I get focused on dying to self so that Christ may live in me, but I need to also remember that I don't stay down - I rise again with Christ my strength and go forward with renewed life and energy to deal with the ups and downs of life! Yes, I am poor and lowly and sinful and weak and there is that constant battle going on in my life with my sinfulness and selfishness and indulgences and falling back into those bad habits. I do burn to do better, and leave that sinful self behind and truly die to self! I am sure that my prayer pierces the clouds of self doubt and backsliding and being down on myself to remind me that I have been shown Mercy and unconditional LOVE and Forgiveness, and I am called to return that to all those in domestic Church/family and all others that I come in contact with. Christ in those around me!
Well, I am a bit here and there today, but I am so grateful to the Lord and very much praying and thinking about my grandchildren in the womb. Maria is due any day, and many thoughts and prayers going her direction for the safety and safe arrival of new little granddaughter, Evangeline!
Jesus, may I recall that I can do all things through you, who strengthens me! May I not become discouraged by my back slides, but humbly pray and work and play and love and serve without counting the cost. Jesus, we trust in you. Amen and Hallelujah