Daniel 3:14-20, 91-92, 95 John 8:31-42
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In today’s Gospel reading our Savior states, “If you remain in my word, you will truly be my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” A second reference to trusting God! Why is it that both the Book of Daniel and God himself in the form of Jesus Christ we seem to see a message of trust? It’s comforting yet frightening that God asks us to trust in him fully and he will accept our burdens and carry the weight himself. What an act of love that truly is! It reminds me of what the campus minister at my high school once said. (He is now a seminarian!!) He told me: “If you want a real challenge become a follower of Christ; it’s a hard thing to do.” Opening your heart to the Lord will help understand what his plan is for you and your life.
In Jeremiah 11:28 declares the Lord has plans to give us a future and hope. What greater hope is there than an all-loving God and Father who sent his son to die for us, to show us the way to eternal life with our Father?
It gives me great comfort to know that I can trust in God and feel his love in my everyday life. This trust in his will makes me want to share what gifts I have with all whom I encounter. Some of the more rewarding things I have done include being involved with Big Brothers/Big Sisters, doing yard work for elderly, and volunteering at a non-profit vet clinic for low-income families. The joy I find in trusting in his plan is something I cherish perhaps above all else. The theme of trusting him in his plan for me is something I hope to grow upon during this Lenten season.
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