During the season of Lent, I will be sharing a short post each day as part of the Lent-Photo-a-Day Journey, providing a sort of brief reflection and witness through the journey to and through the cross, to the tomb, and out into the world.
The word designated for March 19th is “Sad.”
When have you felt sad? I suspect that you have probably had an experience of being sad while mourning, grieving or remembering a loved one who has passed away. Even though there is sadness, and rightfully so, there is also feelings of trust, hope and reassurance in the promise.
In this picture you see some of the family gathered at one of my grandpa’s funerals. At his funerals one of the readings that was read was this passage from 2 Timothy 4:6-8:
“As for me, I am already being poured out as a libation, and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. From now on there is reserved for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will give me on that day, and not only to me but also to all who have longed for his appearing.”
I think these words in a lot of ways summed up my Grandpa’s life. Whenever I am sad about having said good bye to a loved one, these words often bring me some peace and comfort.
When have you, or when do you feel sad? What helps you in those times?