Life is No Crystal Stair

Life for me ain’t been no crystal stair — Langston Hughes, Mother to Son

It is hard to believe that Lent is coming to an end. We feel closer to God, better about ourselves, and its okay to be a little self-righteous.

The mother in Langston Hughes poem concludes. “but all the the time I’se been climbin’.”

Despite all the benefits of our lenten discipline our lives will not become a bed of roses, in fact the moment we think it is, the trickster that life is will throw us a screwball just when we are expecting one right down the pipe.

Life like Hughes mother is full of “tacks and splinters,” but the Good Lord never gives you a load you can’t tote.

Our Lenten discipline has carried us nearer to God and given us the tools to handle life’s “tacks and splinters.”

Now its time to simply “keep on climbin’.”


About the author

Webb Hubbell, former Associate Attorney General of the United States, is an author and lecturer. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, and A Game Of Inches, are published by Beaufort Books and are available online, in your local bookstore, or you can order autographed copies at When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps Won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller.

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