holy family shrine // January 14
When I was still in Nebraska, I went to visit the Holy Family Shrine. I’ve seen it thousands of times but I’ve always been to scared to visit. I finally plucked up enough courage to go by myself and soak in the amazing architecture and scenery. The drive up was a little scary. I was nervous and the dirt roads were really steep.
The chapel was obviously gorgeous. The floors were stone white and the windows were floor-to-ceiling. The criss crossing wooden beams on the outside continued through the entire inside, creating a beautiful view whether looking up or out. The alter and decorations were made out of stone. The picture doesn’t show it, but there is a picture of Mary, Joseph, and Jesus etched into the front window. The view was inspiring. I felt like I could see all of Nebraska from up there. I can’t wait to go back in the summer when the grass is luscious green and there’s corn as far as the eye can see.
I was the only person in the chapel. It was great to catch up with Jesus. I’m a terrible Christian when I live in Nebraska. My friends and family aren’t religious, so it’s harder for me to make time for God. In Texas, it’s so easy. I attend church at Grace Bible every Sunday and I go to a small growth group during the week led by a fellow tridelt. My roommate Grace and I try to have quiet time to spend with Jesus every night before we turn out the lights. I am a stronger Christian in Texas thanks to the people God has surrounded me with.
Over Christmas break, Julie gave me Grace for the Moment by Max Lucado to read. It’s a daily devotional book. I’d like to say I read it every day, but in reality I only cracked it open a handful of times. But I did read the devotional for the day I went to the Shrine, and it was absolutely perfect:
Pray and ask God for what you need, always giving thanks. Philippians 4:6
“You may go days without thinking of Him, but there’s never a moment when He is not thinking of you.”
After spending months not thinking of Him, it was the perfect reassurance that I needed. Jesus still loves me. He still thinks about me. He is always with me. He forgave me for being self-centered and denying Him. I prayed for strength to be better.
Visiting the Holy Family Shrine rejuvenated my relationship with Jesus. I am excited to see where God takes me this semester.