Train of Tears 

The forty day journey of Lent has almost come to an end. There are only a few more days left on the train of tears. I accepted the ticket to ride on this train, along with many others. A sacred time to remember that we are poor and needy and in desperate need of a Savior. A time of self-reflection. A time to draw near to God in prayer, fasting, and repentance as He draws near to us.

We boarded the train on Ash Wednesday. We were greeted by the Conductor who welcomed us all with open arms. He had a train car for each of us. A private place where we could pour out our hearts to Him with no fear or shame.

He knows every person on the train. Every thought, the motive behind our actions, what we have done and what we have left undone. He knows the hidden places in our hearts that we hide from others. He knows every person’s struggle, the former things we dwell on, and He is waiting to bring healing and wholeness into our lives. As I settle in, He comes and offers this invitation,

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me, Get away with me and you’ll recover your life, I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” (Matthew 11:28-30 MSG)

Yes Lord, I am tired and worn out. The burdens I carry are too much for me. I want to relinquish control and humbly submit to You. Help me Lord!

He sits with me as I confess and repent of my sins. I remember these words from 1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” In this moment, I feel safe and loved.
I feel refreshed and lighter in my spirit. I remember that the thief comes only to steal, kill, and destroy, but Jesus came so that I may have life and have it more abundantly.

I hear His whisper in the quiet center of my heart saying these words to me:

“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland,” (Isaiah 43:18-19 NIV) “Come abide in me and I will abide in you. I have so much more for you. Trust me.”

In just two days we will remember the sacrifice of our Savior. He was nailed to a cross for my sins, your sins, and the sins of the world. In two days, we will remember the darkness that fell over the whole land from noon till three in the afternoon and the only work at that time being done was on the cross. But, we know that Resurrection Sunday is coming! When we will proclaim with loud praise, He is Risen, He is Risen indeed!

But, in the meantime, the train of tears continues well past these forty days of Lent. It is available to us year round, night or day. I know that I will be a frequent rider on the train of tears, and I am grateful for the Conductor of my life who will always be there welcoming me with open arms.

His grace is sufficient. His mercies are new every morning. His love endures forever. Amen & Amen!

Blessings in Christ, Jennifer Thomas

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