Lent can be a lonely journey as a single person, just as our Lord Jesus experienced. I am grateful for the kindness and support of my wonderful friends, but there comes that time every day when I must return to my aloneness in my home.
Having had a committed partner for nearly 40 years, adjusting to this lonely life wasn’t easy – especially since my husband was suddenly taken from me. Overwhelmed is the best description of my feelings the first several months of my loss.
Dan and I were such a close couple that we held hands in church during the homily.
He was a tremendous help with housework, yardwork, and handling so many things in our marriage. What a shock to take on all the responsibilities overnight.
As a single person, it is sometimes difficult to feel motivated to accomplish all the chores that need attending to. Music and spiritual reading help, but I feel I need a lot of prayer and encouragement (and mind games at times!) to get me going.
This season, I am trying to focus more on what Jesus endured during the 40 days that became the first Lenten season. He must have felt rejected, alone, hungry, and exhausted. There were times when He wondered if His Father had left Him or heard His disappointments, temptations, and suffering.
My prayer is that Jesus will give me strength to move forward and eagerly await my new life in Pittsburgh.
I am grateful for many blessings and the opportunity to be closer to my children and grandchildren.
Leaving my Florida friends behind will be bittersweet. I am looking forward to rekindling my friendships in the Pittsburgh area and, most especially, meeting new people – both men and women.
I do believe there may be another exceptional someone out there intended just for me. I’m trusting in answered prayers.
Reflection question: What area of life do you need to move forward in?
Read more Lenten reflections written by CatholicMatch members:
- Day 28 – Steven-408478: ‘The Depths Of My Sins Were Forgiven’
- Day 27 – Nathalie-529528: ‘For Once I See Single Life As A Blessing’
- Day 26 – Craig-88457: ‘One Of Those Moments That Lasts Lifetime’
- Day 25 – Angela-394784: ‘Keep Doing What You’re Doing’
- Day 24 – Elizabeth-521570: ‘Pleading With God: Why Am I Still Single?’
- Day 23 – Dan-139782: ‘I’m Rolling With The Dating Disappointments’
- Day 22 – Judith-575655: ‘Dating Seems Like Its Own Form Of Penance’
- Day 21 – Jaime-361203: ‘I Want To Seek First The Kingdom Of God’
- Day 20 – Diane-173836: ‘Single Life Is Not A Barren Spiritual Desert’
- Day 19 – Michelle-629774: ‘Let Us Fast From Comparisons’
- Day 18 – Darrell-622889: ‘Single Life, Followed By Easter Joy’
- Day 17 – Rosalia-544329: ‘Amazingly, I Feel Saved’
- Day 16 – Sherry-118409: ‘My God, Why Have You Forsaken Me?’
- Day 15 – Matthew-695017: ‘Lent Is Not A Dark & Gloomy Time’
- Day 14 – Dawn-58330: ‘I Want To Have Faith Like A Child’
- Day 13 – Dan-595920: ‘I Always Find Excuses’
- Day 12 – Annette-639693: ‘In The Quiet I Hear God’s Voice Clearly’
- Day 11 – Ron-40989: ‘Remember We Are Purifying Our Love’
- Day 10 – Linda-504414: ‘God Might Be Trying To Teach Us Something Vital’
- Day 9 – Andy-246798: ‘I’m Happy To Take A Break From Dating Women’
- Day 8 – Marci-365801: ‘I’m Worried I Have Drifted Off Course’
- Day 7 – Tina-401203: ‘Waiting For Our Lives To Begin’
- Day 6 – Erik-215414: ‘No One Said This Was Going To Be Easy’
- Day 5 – Cate-291547: ‘I Felt Stuck In A Second Adolescence’
- Day 4 – Ryan-672439: ‘God Loves A Good Comeback’
- Day 3 – Theresa-630252: ‘I Think Of This As Preparation Time’
- Day 2 – Barb-505508: ‘We Have To Read Between The Lines’
- Day 1 – Richard-632838: ‘I Recognize How Much I Need God’s Grace’