I've been blessed beyond belief, and if for no other reason, I need to go to church each week to thank God. During my pregnancy I was put on full bed rest in the hospital for several days just before we had our little guy. During that time I prayed for hours. I promised God that I would raise my son to know and love the him if only he would deliver me a healthy baby boy. He held up his end of that bargain and now it's time for me to come to the table.
Disclaimer: I said I haven't gone to church but that doesn't mean I don't have a strong faith in God. I do try to reinforce the importance of a Christ-centered home for my son. I read the Bible to him almost every night, we pray in English and Spanish and we listen to a Christian radio station whenever we're in the car together.
This week I finally took the leap and went to a new church. I had every excuse lined up not to go, but I went anyway. I took my son and I felt a huge sense of relief when we entered the church doors. The priest spoke about how Lent is a celebration of Christ's transfiguration and how we're challenged to transfigure ourselves during these 40 days. We do that through our Lenten sacrifice so that we're more aware of our blessings but we also need to examine ourselves daily and find ways to truly change our soul. The priest asked each of us to search our hearts and find something that we can work on that will lead to personal transfiguration and I decided, right then and there, that for me it would be a commitment to church attendance and participation. It's a commitment that's long overdue.
I encourage all of you to work towards a transfiguration of your own. I feel so much more at ease spiritually knowing that I have an actionable goal in place for the next 40 days and it's more than just giving something up. Really I'm getting something, I'm getting closer to God.