Daily Reflection

From a Creighton Student's Perspective

April 14, 2011

Hunter Allen

Freshman, Business Management Ethics Major,
Pre-Med Track

Gn 17:3-9
Ps 105:4-5, 6-7, 8-9
Jn 8:51-59

“The Lord remembers His covenant forever.” -Psalms 105:8

I’ll go ahead and say it: I am in love with today’s psalm, for it is yet again another example that shows that God is everything I am not.  “I promise” are two words that are frequent in my vocabulary; in fact, too frequent.  How often can I keep a promise?  Here and there, yes.  But all the time?  Let’s just say that I try…

As we are approaching the end of this Lenten season, I marvel over the ‘failures’ of Lenten ‘give-ups.’  Less than forty days ago, I heard many people state, “I’m giving up Facebook” or “I’m giving up chocolate” and so on. By now I know that many of us have failed, eating mass amounts of candy bars or becoming drowned in Facebook during biology class.  So now the question arises: Why can’t we keep our promises?  Why do we fall into temptation?

I think it’s just a part of our human essence, brought about by original sin.  It’s who we are, no hiding it.  But one line needs to be drawn: the one promise we must strive to hold is our faith.  Yes, faith has its dry seasons at times, in which we feel distant and unconnected to God.  That’s O.K.; that’s not a sign a failure.  What is failure is when we—during such times—simply give up on God.  If we ask for grace, with time, God will reveal himself to us.

Lord, I know that at times I fail to be the best I can be.  I know that I do as I wish, rather than live according to your will.  I know that I could do more to be closer to you.  I know that at times I struggle to see you.  But I also know that you are always there with me, and I ask that you help me turn to you.  I wish so that I may live in you as you live in me.  This is my deepest desire, and I will try my hardest to achieve this.  I promise.

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