A Lighthouse

“Our mission is to plant ourselves at the gates of hope.”

Victoria Safford 

 

Today marks the beginning of Holy week, a sacred stretch of time embroidered with clues as to how to live, to love, to suffer, to trust God regardless of the circumstances, to live in hope, to die and resurrect. Over the next seven days, join me in walking again the poignant footsteps of Jesus’s final week on earth: pull up a chair at his last meal on Maundy Thursday with his disciples. Not only did he gift us with the sacrament of communion, but Jesus wanted to make sure we knew how important it was to not only tell, but show the people we love, how much we love them (I remind you after dinner he washed their feet!); suffer alongside Jesus in the Garden of Gethsename when he experiences utter despair, only to discover a supernatural hope within. He expresses the ultimate words of faith (for all time): “Father, not my will, but Yours be done.” There is no avoiding Good Friday and the dreadful cross. Like it or not, this is our human reality. Either we have or we will experience our own cross, maybe many. We will also find ourselves, like the Mary’s, standing beneath a cross, beating our chests and wailing laments, because we have lossed someone we loved dearly. Next is Holy Saturday which feels especially timely right now. This is the day when the world went completely dark, and no one knew when or if the joy would return. Right now we are all being asked to sit in the uncertainty of Corona and not lose ourselves to fear and despair. Lean into Corrie ten Boom’s words for comfort: “never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.” Easter morning will arrive. God promises it. And hollering a Hallelujah will never have felt so good! Blessings on you and yours!

A Lighthouse

God of Love,

I need to find You at my center —-

Show fear the door

Quiet the noise,

(rarely helpful)

And listen for Your instructions

When have I ever known what tomorrow holds?

I have spent time in the belly of the whale

But You’ve never left me there for long

So why should I doubt You now?

Remind me again of Your promise:

Even when all is not well and okay

All will be well and okay.

You do not need me to be a tempest, but a

Lighthouse

Radiating love, love, love

Steering the people I love to new and peaceful shores.

For You,

And because of You

I will meet this day with courage.

A hopeful amen.

8 Comments
  • Jennifer Puryear

    April 6, 2020at6:39 am Reply

    Farrell, what a beautiful prayer (and encouragement as we head into the week). Love, Jennifer

  • Anonymous

    April 6, 2020at10:45 am Reply

    Farrell, thanks for the encouragement of HOPE during this Holy week. Janice Murphey

  • Jane McCracken

    April 6, 2020at10:55 am Reply

    You are always always giving us hope for the future.We’ve never known days like these but I can already tell they will be missed when we all return to a “new normal”. How will we choose to live? What activities did we take on with our family that will remain as a bond? For me the chance to hug and receive one will never feel like it did before Corona. I am going to choose to live in this “slow downed state” of wonder for as you said Farrell when have we ever known what tomorrow will bring! Love you my friend and looking forward to that hug lasting a little longer next time we see each other. XO

  • JANICE MURPHEY

    April 6, 2020at11:02 am Reply

    Farrell, thanks for the encouraging words of HOPE during Holy week. Janice Murphey

  • Peggy Walker

    April 6, 2020at11:25 am Reply

    What a beautiful message at such a scary time. Thank you for your gifts every Monday. It is one of the highlights of the beginning of a new week.

  • Diane Tucker

    April 6, 2020at12:31 pm Reply

    Love the lighthouse analogy! Sure miss you! Hugs!

    • Sallye Galloway

      April 7, 2020at5:55 pm Reply

      Thank you for this wonderful prayer. The hope and love I need.

  • Jade Forlidas

    April 6, 2020at1:06 pm Reply

    Inspiring hope and faith- what an amazing gift you have and share! Thank you. Jade

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