The lyrics from “American Pie” are appropriate for us Lyfords as we have now entered into our fourth month in this ‘journey of transition’ pilgrimage. Just so you know, we are ‘house-less’, and for the moment ‘job-less’ for this short time, on purpose, because it has been made very clear to us that we are being called to something great.
Our mission is for the healing of marriages and families – starting with our own. Using the gift of our faith, prayer, radio production, as well as the practical tools for communication in marriage, we have been called into service in a new way. With each new day God’s grace confirms this path for us, and for many who know us this is just a continuation of the journey we began 22 years ago on September 3rd when we dedicated ourselves to a ‘Harvest of love in God’s Vineyard’ (words from our wedding invitation).
We had concluded that the ‘slavery of schedule keeping’ with school, violin lessons, lacrosse practice, symphony, and everything else had slowly eroded away the intimacy in our marriage, and our relationships with God. So during the last three months we have been able to go to daily mass every day (almost) and we have prayed the rosary as a family every day, as well as the chaplet of Divine Mercy and completed a 33 day preparation and consecration to Jesus Christ the success of this work to which we have been called. We have done it as a family: Vickie and I, as well as Luke, James, and Shaina (Selah and Josh are on their own wonderful Pilgrimage as they come close to their first year anniversary on Sept 5th). No it has not been easy, but we have never been closer to our faith and to each other in 22 years of marriage. And we have been able to encourage the marriages of all the people we have met along the way. Just by being who we are.
One thing continues to ring clear: Purification is in process!
Everyone we have met from married couples, to single people, to churches, parishes, schools, businesses and every combination thereof speaks of a process of purification that they have been experiencing in their lives. For each it is experienced as an invitation, not an infliction; in other words Our Lord offers a series of paths into the future of ones’ life, each bringing a purification of spirit and relationship with God, yet each path differs in difficulty depending on ones’ acceptance.
You know how it goes; you experience a gentle ‘tap’ on the shoulder and then a series of ‘taps’ in your life that point to the fact that God is trying to get your attention to tell you something. If you postpone acknowledging the ‘taps’ they get successively more intense because God in His great mercy wishes you to ultimately respond to His invitation.
What’s the invitation?
It is the invitation to be completely reconciled to God. In your relationships, your business dealings, your interior life, your imagination, and ultimately your very soul. Put simply, it is His personal invitation to “get right” with God.
But why is this happening now? How does it relate to what is going on in the world? Is Jesus coming back soon?
The truth is, yes He is coming back soon: your life is but a flash and you will be reviewing every single second in high-definition with Jesus standing right next to you sooner than you think. Compared to eternity (with is a really really long time) your life is short! So yes, He is coming back soon!
Let me tell you it is not easy! Every day brings new challenges both material and spiritual. All I can say is “Thank God for the power of the Sacramental life of the Church. Simply could not do it without such unending grace.
Our journey continues on this week as we travel back to Buellton to help facilitate the mission of Divine Mercy and healing of families with the people who have come into our lives to pray for this journey (including Carmelite nuns, and non-catholic evangelicals of all kinds).
Please pray for us, and for our faith to continue to be strong in Jesus Christ, as He leads us with each new step!
You can find out more by clicking on the New Life Family Mission link on the top of this page.