Well, my injections are well underway in preparation for the FET (frozen embryo transfer).
I wasn’t able to make the Ash Wednesday service at CHN (Church of the Holy Nativity), my home parish, so Rich and I decided to go to the 2pm Mass at Holy Name Cathedral. The Frances Xavier Warde School along with their own Monsignor Dan Mayall, lead the mass. I felt like I was exactly where I was meant to be. The gathering hymn was Lord of all Hopefulness. Singing, I felt like I was brining all of my own hopes and dreams to the altar.
As the Right Reverend Jeffrey D. Lee said in his Ash Wednesday devotion, “This is a day about the pilgrim way we all walk together toward the waters of new life awaiting for us at Easter. I feel as though at every turn, God is reminding me that new life is awaiting us at Easter.
To make it even more interesting, I was asked just this week, to sing the Exultet (an Easter proclamation) at The Great Vigil of Easter at CHN. Normally, this would be done by the deacon, but since we do not have one at this time, I’ve been asked and given this great honor. I can’t think of a better time to meditate on these words and learn this piece.
I leave you with my devotions today, focusing on scripture meaningful to me in times of difficulty.
2 Corinthians 1:3-7 (NIV)
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows. If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so you also share in our comfort.
Philippians 4:4-7 (NIV)
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.