Saturday after Ash Wednesday in Lent

Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feeble-minded, support the weak, be patient toward all men. – 1 Thess. 5:14.


The little worries which we meet each day

May lie as stumbling-blocks across the way,

Or we may make them stepping stones to be

Of grace, Oh Lord. To Thee – A.E. Hamilton


During Lent we practice sacrificing our will, as opportunity serves, to the will of others. We try to ignore sights and sounds that annoy us; instead setting about serving others over their din. We serve when we’d much rather be doing anything else but. We keep company, when it would be a great joy to us to be by ourselves. We overcome trifling untoward accidents of life, bodily pain, and weakness to serve someone who does not appreciate our sacrifice. We lose what we value, miss what we desire, are disappointed in others, and we encounter will fullness, unkindness, ingratitude, and folly – Why?

It is those “little worries,” those “petty annoyances,” and those “minor disappointments” with those we serve that become “stepping-stones to the grace of God.” Don’t let them trip you up, instead look upon them as the pathway to Heaven.

About the author

Webb Hubbell is the former Associate Attorney General of The United States. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, A Game of Inches, The Eighteenth Green, and The East End are published by Beaufort Books and are available online or at your local bookstore. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps and The Eighteenth Green won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller. His latest, “Light of Day” will be on the bookstands soon.


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