I once rode the Red Line in Boston when a woman, weighed down by her bags, boarded the subway and clumsily jiggled herself into the seat next to me.
“What are you doing about the snakes in your attic?” she inquired between station stops.
I looked at her. “Me? I don’t have any snakes in my attic.”
“Honey, sure you do. Everybody’s got them. They slither and slide, draining any life out of you.”
This question still haunts me even as I try not to imagine it—snakes crawling in my head and heart.
But we all have them: moments of complaint about the ways of God, being worn out by challenges or just plain hunger and thirst but not finding relief to suit us. The list goes on.
The Israelites, though plagued in a different way, struggled with similar problems. They asked Moses to pray that the serpents be taken away.
Lent is a good time to ask ourselves: Do we?
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