Back Into Focus

Christ is Risen!

Christ is Risen from the dead, trampling down death by death and upon those in the tombs bestowing life.

I’ve recently lost sight of my big overall goal of writing this blog. I’ve felt lost. Unsure. I’m not sure why. I went through this feeling back in January when I needed to make the decision about whether to renew my blog. I thought I had it all figured out. I really thought I heard the Lord tell me I needed to keep going. So I did.

But then in March I got a job. Which was somewhat unexpected. I wasn’t really searching for it. But the doors opened so perfectly and I felt sure the job was God’s will.  And I love my new job!

Then Lent began. Then Pascha.

Christ is Risen!

And now I’m feeling overwhelmed by the idea of making something of this blog once again. But at the same time I am feeling called to.

I pray. And I listen.

God is so good.

He has a plan.

And in the midst of the Paschal season, the midst of what truly matters, Christ conquering death by death, I must remember what started this journey.

Joy! Joy in the Resurrection!

This season is what inspired me. It is joy and light and beauty wrapped up and in the palm of our hands.

So how is it that we lose sight of that Joy, that inspiration? And if I am being honest, I am blind to it so easily and so quickly after the time I absolutely shouldn’t have.

I need to bring my focus back to Christ. To His Resurrection and glory.

I read a quote today from St. John Kronstadt:

I need Christ is my heart always. That means focus and purpose towards Him, every moment. Because when we don’t, we lose sight so quickly and easily. The burden of every day weighs us down and we forget.

We lose a peaceful and calm life.

Lord, may I bring my focus back to You. May I remember Your calling to me to be a Kindler of Joy, not just on this blog but in my daily life with my family and friends. May I remember that feeling I have deep inside my heart when I am nearest to You, that feeling of Joy that wells up when I sing “Christ is Risen from the dead, trampling down death by death and upon those in the tombs bestowing life.”

Go kindle joy my friends, Christ is risen!

NOTE: I posted this yesterday but deleted it due to some issues in the posting process, this is try #2. Sorry for any confusion there may have been.

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