Lent Reflection Monday, March 16

IMG_9253The former things will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind.  Isaiah 65:17

When we sold the house our kids were raised in, I took one last walk through the home. Within these walls, three little girls had grown up. I remembered Christmas gatherings, good-night prayers, plays in the basement, prom pictures, soccer parties, rock music, and the smell of fingernail polish. But there had been painful memories too. Here, my oldest daughter had battled a terminal illness and in this space, I had grieved her loss.

As I closed the front door, I walked away with an indescribable peace. I would take my precious remembrances with me. But my grief, at least the worst of it, needed to stay behind.

Lent is a time of examination. It’s a season to ask: What do I need to leave behind?

But Jesus invites us to ask an equally important question:

What am I called to take with me?

© By Nancy Jo Sullivan
Photo by Deb Keller, CCW

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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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