the lengthening

From the Old English lencten, "lengthening". The returning of light to the world in spring, the lengthening of days. Lent.

“ A silly idea is current that good people do not know what temptation means. This is an obvious lie. Only those who try to resist temptation know how strong it is…. A man who gives in to temptation after five minutes simply does not know what it would have been like an hour later. That is why bad people, in one sense, know very little about badness. They have lived a sheltered life by always giving in. ”

— C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity, “Faith”

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“ He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end. ”

— Ecclesiastes 3:11 

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“ Do you wish to honor the Body of the Savior? Do not despise it when it is naked. Do not honor it in church with silk vestments while outside it is naked and numb with cold. He who said, “This is my body,” and made it so by his word, is the same who said, ‘You saw me hungry and you gave me no food. As you did it not to the least of these, you did it not to me.’ Honor him then by sharing your property with the poor. For what God needs is not golden chalices but golden souls. ”

— St. John Chrysostom 

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Do not fear; I will help you. 
Isaiah 41:13
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“ The key to Christian living is a thirst and hunger for God. And one of the main reasons people do not understand or experience the sovereignty of grace and the way it works through the awakening of sovereign joy is that their hunger and thirst for God is so small. ”

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“ I’m thankful that God hasn’t let me go, because I’ve let Him go, lots of times. He rescued me and continues to amaze me with things that are beyond what I deserve for myself. ”

— Drew Shirley, Switchfoot (via thelegendof-switchfoot)

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When we are following in the footsteps of Jesus, we can boldly place one foot in front of the other - not because we know where we are going, but because we know the One who is leading.

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Madonna and Child, by Luca della Robbia, circa 1475