By guest blogger Kat Mazzucca ’18
Lent is the perfect time for second chances. Thankfully, our God is a God of many “second chances.” Max Lucado’s book, Second Chances: More Stories of Grace, came out three years ago during the Lenten season. Lucado masterfully weaves scripture, story telling, and true stories into an extraordinary piece of work that is a perfect read for Lent. He writes, “We humans are prone to failure. We’re experts at muddying, mixing, and messing up our lives. Who among us hasn’t looked up from the bottom of a pit and realized he dug it himself? Who hasn’t fallen so far, messed up so badly that she thought there was no hope? And it’s at these low points that we crave reminders that there’s hope for the broken.” When asked to write this blog post reflecting on the season of Lent, I couldn’t help but think of God’s gift of grace, mercy, and second chances in my own life.
Two years ago, I was stuck in the deepest hole I could have ever dug. Back in high school when I was deciding where I should go to college, I chose finance over faith. It is not hard to understand the monetary challenges of being one of five children. Choosing this particular school gave me the opportunity to use my athletic scholarship to make attending college easily affordable. In just the first few days of my freshman year, I found myself depressed, lonely, and my faith in God pretty much non-existent. Where is God in this awful situation? Why did He abandon me? If He loved me, He would make things better. These thoughts swirled in my head like a destructive tornado. Well, contrary to my belief, God was working behind the scenes. He was building a ladder that would allow me to climb out of my hole. Before I entered the second (and last) semester at this university, I experienced a change of heart. I realized that I was lost without God and if I wanted to overcome this obstacle, I was going to need to put my trust in Him. I got my second chance from God during the last week of Lent at a track meet in April 2014. My mom called me and screamed with excitement, “You got accepted to transfer to Providence College in the fall!” Let me tell you, this was God’s Divine Providence. This was my second chance, and it came from God’s great love and grace.
Do you need a second chance? I cannot think of a better time to receive one then during Lent. Lent is a time of renewal. It is a time to realize where we have gone wrong and ask God for mercy. It’s a time for redemption. Over these forty days, I challenge you to open your heart to the Lord and allow Him to enter. Our gracious God will grant you millions of chances, so long as you let Him. Allow Christ to build the ladder.
By guest blogger Kat Mazzucca ’18 Lent is the perfect time for second chances. Thankfully, our God is a God of many “second chances.” Max Lucado’s book, Second Chances: More Stories of Grace, came out three years ago during the Lenten season. Lucado masterfully weaves scripture, story telling, and true stories into an extraordinary piece […]MORE