Pathways through Lent

The Epistle


“Do you understand what you are reading?”

He replied, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” –Acts 8: 26-39

How often do we ask or hope for guidance? How often do we find ourselves incapable of digesting the data or understanding the signs around us to determine our next step? We are always looking for inspiring leaders like James Theodore Holly, the first Episcopal bishop of African-American heritage. Today, we celebrate his life and work serving in the Dominican Republic and setting up the church in Haiti. Take a moment to think of an inspiring leader from your spiritual life who has given you the guidance you were seeking.

Are you still living by that guidance? I know I’m not, at least not every day. It’s a constant cycle going from knowing where I am to suddenly feeling lost in the labyrinth and searching again for that guidance.  On Ash Wednesday, Luis talked about Lent being a time for second chances.  This is indeed good news that I, at least, need. As I search for the directions out of the labyrinth, I recall Psalm 86:

But you, O LORD, are gracious and full of compassion, *
slow to anger, and full of kindness and truth.

Turn to me and have mercy upon me; *
give your strength to your servant;
and save the child of your handmaid.

-Kathryn E. Pharr


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