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Today's Gospel: Luke 9:22-25
"The Son of Man must... be killed and on the third day be raised." Luke 9:22
When we had our first child, my husband and I refused to give up our old life. It was too fun and exciting. Instead, we'd load up the diaper bag and drag our infant to bars and parties, as if nothing had changed. It didn't take long for reality to hit: Everything had changed, and there was no going back.
So began the life of declining social invitations, and adjusting to the chaos of parenthood. No matter how we tried to plan our days, they were hijacked and derailed by exploding diapers, naptime changes, and countless other unexpecteds.
Our lives were no longer our own. Our interests and needs got pushed to the back burner. This little being who barely filled the crook of our arms not only filled our days, but filled our hearts to overflowing.
It was that love that carried us through the challenging road of raising more children. It was that love that gave us peace while embracing our new purpose, and while letting our previous lives die.
It was Jesus' unfailing love for us that carried Him through the excruciating journey to Calvary. That love gave Him peace as He embraced His purpose, giving up His life for us on the cross.
Looking back, my husband and I can see how dying to our old lives was the only way to be raised anew as parents. Our kids are our pride and joy. They've expanded our hearts well beyond what we ever thought possible.
Our love for our sons and daughters can't hold a candle to the extravagant love God has for us. It's why He let His Son be killed to save us from our sins. It was the only way to be raised again.
In what ways have I been raised anew? What had to die in order for that to happen?
God of all things new, give me the insight to see what I need to let die in order for new life to begin. I pray this in Your Son's name. Amen.
Copyright 2021 Claire McGarry
About the Author
Claire McGarry is the author of the Lenten devotional "With Our Savior," published by Creative Communications for the Family/Bayard, Inc. and Grace in Tension: Discover Peace with Martha and Mary, to be published by Our Sunday Visitor in the fall of 2021. Her freelance work has appeared in various Chicken Soup for the Soul books, Focus on the Family magazine, Catechist magazine, These Days devotional, and Keys for Kids devotional. The founder of MOSAIC of Faith, a ministry with several different programs for mothers and children, she blogs at Shifting My Perspective.