As I was thinking of what to write about our Lenten journey I wondered, “What else is there that hasn’t already been said?”  But as women, we can always think of something, right?

When you get to a certain age–whatever that is–you start thinking more about time.  What was happening in my life last year?  You may also be wondering where and what you’ll be doing next year.

Health challenges in my life have made chronic pain something I face daily.  I remember last year being reminded in a deeper way than ever before, that no pain I can have here is near the pain Jesus felt on the cross.  He experienced physical, emotional and spiritual pain . . . and the heaviness of the sin of the world.  It brings tears to my eyes as I realize my pain or any suffering I may go through in life is very little compared to the pain Jesus endured.

In Luke 22:42-44 Jesus says “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done”.  The experience of physical pain has drawn me closer to the one I love–Jesus.  If Jesus, God’s own Son, experienced such pain, how can I expect my life to be free from pain?  I will remember this fact again this year.

Jesus did all things so that God would be glorified, and that is the challenge for each of us today.  Everything that happens to us can glorify God–but it is our choice whether submit to him so that can happen.

A couple of weeks ago, I sat in a courtroom listening to small charges being brought against people by the court and by-laws officers.  Example :  riding the LRT without having a ticket.  Who would have thought God would give me a wonderful illustration of his love and grace.

One particular lady decided she wanted to fight the charge.  She needed to cross-examine the bylaws officer but really had no questions for him; rather, she just wanted to give a statement in her own defense.  She was caught with a 3-month-old pass and was hoping she could talk her way out of the ticket.  I was really impressed with the judge.  She was well spoken, but also had compassion for each case until this young lady exhausted the court’s time and had no defense.  She was guilty.  As the judge was getting to the end of her patience, she stated that was all that could be said, the woman was guilty and was to pay the fine.  I’ll never forget this young women’s reply, “Can’t you just forgive me?”   My soul just leaped at the recognition that No, the law could not forgive her and let her go without paying the fine.  My soul leaped because although I’ve broken God’s laws and fail Him so often, His Grace is with me–I need only to ask and He will forgive me.   More tears.

Oh, What A Saviour.  This forgiveness is mine and yours because of the cross and resurrection of our Saviour Jesus . . . the one who suffered for us.  Ponder the words of this song as you consider the pains that are part of your life, the sins that Jesus has forgiven and the hope we find in him.

When It’s All Been Said and Done by Robin Mark


When it’s all been said and done
There is just one thing that matters
Did I do my best to live for truth?
Did I live my life for you?

When it’s all been said and done
All my treasures will mean nothing
Only what I have done for love’s reward
Will stand the test of time

Lord, your mercy is so great
That you look beyond our weakness
And find purest gold in miry clay
Turning sinners into saints

I will always sing your praise
Here on earth and ever after
For you’ve shown me heaven’s my true home
When it’s all been said and done
You’re my life when life is gone…..


Prayer: May God ignite our hearts in thanksgiving and love for Jesus . . . Amen


Contributed by Elsie Allen