I have been reminded half way during lent of the New Year’s resolution I made this year.
“Lord, fill my heart with so much grace that the devil must flee when he sees me coming. Amen.”
As I have reflected upon times of temptation, weakness and struggle, I have slightly changed my thought to
“Be so gracious to everyone, so it does not give the Devil room to enter”.
I have found this to be a very helpful focus when I am tempted to respond negatively in a situation, or to somebody. With so many sad and tragic situations at home and around the world, it is easy to slip into a seemingly justified aggressive response. Grace is the only response even to injustice and evil, even it is accompanied by protest and appropriate challenge .
Let’s not be hospitable to everything this lent.