Lent, Peace, Tears, and Power

The power of Christ in you is greater than the troubles around you.

— Craig Groeschel —

Yesterday morning I found myself needing to unplug from the world so I left my cell phone at home and took my dogs for a jog on the bike path along the Great Miami River. This particular stretch of the path is quite beautiful which helps warm my soul and early into my run, I found my spirit craving the need to converse with God and thank Him for everything He’s been doing during the COVID-19 Pandemic of 2020.

You may ask–how does Jay know what God’s been doing?

Here’s how…

I had a tearful moment about thirty minutes prior to my jog as I was standing in the checkout line at the supermarket and I observed all the store employees around me working their tails off and putting themselves at risk so their patrons could have a little comfort in the middle of this crazy firestorm we are going through.

Why the tears? Because I witnessed the awesome power of God working through these special people.

I observed the same power and had the same tears the evening before when Lori, Jordan, and I went to one of our favorite restaurants for some “dine out” eating. The manager greeted us with a smile of gratitude and thanked us for our business and the generous tip we left. My tear duct overflowed again as she said, “We will get through this.” Or should I say, God said through her, “We will get through this,” as this restaurant is owned by a  fellow Christ-follower.

There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness but of power. ~Rumi

In times like this, it is easy to question the presence of God.

In times like this, it is extra important for Christ-followers like you and me to show others that He is in and around all of us and that WE WILL GET THROUGH THIS.

Psalm 16:11, “You make known to me the path of life; in your presence, there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” 

Journal your thoughts:

What am I grateful for today?

In what way(s) will I bring light to the world today?

What will I deny myself so I may draw closer to God and gain more peace in my life today?


God, I offer myself to Thee—To build with me and to do with me as Thou wilt. Relieve me of the bondage of self, that I may better do Thy will. Take away my difficulties that victory over them may bear witness to those I would help of Thy Power, Thy Love, and Thy Way of life. May I do Thy will always! Amen. (Third Step Prayer – Chapter 5, pg.63, The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous)



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