Saturday, March 16, 2013

Lenten Reflections: Here


 "And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” - Matthew 28:20

"I'll be with you. I'll be HERE." 

Promises

"I'll be right HERE."

"I promise to never leave you."

"I promise to stay HERE until it's over."

"I promise to get you through this."

"I promise to be HERE when you get back." 

"I'm HERE."
HERE
 
We make a lot of promises in our lives. We keep some and others we break. We promise to be HERE.

Promises

Promising to be HERE for one another is the most difficult of all promises, because the self gets in the way. We begin with the best of intentions, but life pulls us in different directions; away from HERE. Selfishness takes control and before we know it, we're not HERE any longer. We end up THERE; alone, isolated and consumed by guilt for leaving the one to whom the promise was made. Even if we physically stay connected, we can leave emotionally or spiritually. We're HERE, but not HERE. 

The promise that Jesus made in Matthew 28:20 is the only promise to be HERE that has ever been kept.

He's HERE.  

There is a duality in Lent. Through our journey, we rest in knowing that He is HERE. He has been, He is and He will be. But we lament that we are not always HERE for one another.

We're on this journey together. Let's commit to be HERE for one another.

I'll do my best. You'll do yours. 

But let's face it: You'll leave from time to time, and I will as well. 

Occasionally you won't be HERE. 

From time to time, I won't be HERE.  I'll leave. I'll let you down.

I promise.

Lord, we do our best to be HERE for one another, but selfishness often gets in the way. Life gets in the way. Help us to be as committed to one another as You have been to us. Amen  

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