“I lift up my eyes to the mountains — where does my help come from?” Psalm 121:1.

Wherever we look, we find people who are filled with despair and discouragement. Their hearts have been broken and their optimism beaten down. Issues and problems have overcome them. Everywhere they went and everywhere they looked they heard the same message: “Give up! There’s nothing here for you.” No doubt most of us have felt that way.

When the lights go out at the end of the day and we are surrounded by darkness and fear; when there is no place to hide and no arms to embrace us; when we think that we have tried everything and there’s nothing left for us to hope for; does anyone anywhere have a word of advice or comfort for us? Indeed there is: “I lift up my eyes to the mountains – where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.” Notice the words: “lift up!. Yes we need to lift our eyes to our Creator. He can do everything for us. But most of the time we walk looking straight and looking down and forget to look up even in our quiet time. Now during this Lent let us lift up our sighs, our spiritual dryness and our mourning and all the problems we have. He will make everything good for us and do the best for our well-being. Have a Blessed Lent.