Lent Reflection Thursday, Feb. 26

297px-Hunt_Light_of_the_WorldAsk and it will be given to you, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened to you. Matthew 7:7

In the mid 1800s, William Holman Hunt painted a famous image titled: Light of the World. In the painting, the figure of Jesus is about to knock on a door with no handle. The lantern of Christ shines upon the overgrown weeds that frame the door.

As I reflect upon this painting, I’m reminded that Jesus stands at the doorway of every heart. We are free to keep it locked, if we so choose. Though our Lord comes in friendship, we don’t have to let him in.

During these Lenten days, consider opening the door from your side. In the presence of God, you will find the hope and comfort you seek. In the light of his forgiveness, your sins will be uprooted and the warmth of healing will come.  

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Nancy Jo Sullivan

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Nancy Jo Sullivan is an inspirational author and speaker. She has published with Random House, Guideposts, Readers Digest, and the Huffington Post. Her newest book, Small Mercies, was recently released by Loyola Press. In the book, she writes about God’s presence in motherhood, family, and love. Through poignant reflections, she recalls how she found God even in her darkest moments, especially in the months that followed the death of her daughter with Down’s syndrome. She reminds the reader that God is present in “every mess, burden, and blessing.” The mother of two grown daughters, Nancy Jo resides in Saint Paul, Minnesota. She loves hanging out with her daughters, teaching writing classes to kids with special needs, jogging, making spinach smoothies, and of course, writing about her imperfect life.

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