I love today's gospel, the Transfiguration of Jesus. Wouldn't it be great to spend our Lent on the mountaintop seeing Jesus in all His glory conversing with Moses and Elijah? But, let's face it, most of Lent is slogging through the Slough of Despond. And it seems this winter many of the people I know have been there literally - picking up one foot at a time out of the muck and moving forward oh-so-slowly. And sometimes the slough is so deep and sucks us down so much that lifting up that foot seems nearly impossible.
Is that your Lent? Is that your life right now? If it is, I encourage you to smile a lot. Remember Jesus' advice to those fasting to wash your face and spruce up so only your heavenly Father will know you are fasting? We can do the same with our sufferings. By all means ask others to pray, but then smile and move forward no matter how slowly. Jesus doesn't use a stop watch to measure our progress and, you can be sure, He's your coach right there on the course with you, helping you up when you fall and cheering you on. So,..."just keep swimming, swimming, swimming."