Hello my dear friends around the world and close to home—
As the season of Lent begins, let us be reminded that this is a time of be nearer to God. It is a time of prayer and fasting as we journey the path that Christ traveled to Jerusalem, to Golgotha and to His final victory over death. The road we must travel has been described by many as a “narrow path” and not a wide and gentle avenue. Lent is a time of recognizing and putting aside the things of darkness and putting upon ourselves the light, the light of Jesus Christ.
As we spend time in prayer, let us be mindful to listen for God’s voice. Pray is not a one way conversation, it’s easy to present our needs, wants and yes, even our desires to God; but how often do we stay alert and truly listen to God’s answers(?). In the busy and noisy world we live in, it can be difficult to hear our own thoughts at times. A challenge is to spend ten minutes every day with God, I believe this firm foundation is a great starting place to build our lives being in sync with our Creator. Who knows, it could change our lives from the ground up, up to the Heavens!
Henri Nouwen shared a couple of paragraphs that read like I had written it about my own life experiences; I found it to be very profound and very human, I hope it speaks to you as well.
Photo: Show Me The Way by Henri J. M. Nouwen, page 13, paragraph 2 & 3.
Lenten M•I•C•R•O Practice for today:
1. Become aware of God’s presence.
2. Review the day with gratitude.
3. Pay attention to your emotions.
4. Choose one feature of the day and pray from it.
5. Look toward tomorrow.
Faithful God, trusting in you,
the forty days of conversion and penance.
Give us the strength for Christian discipline
that we may renounce evil
and be decisive in doing good.
We ask this through Jesus Christ. ~Amen
~Charlotte, Seeker of unexpected Comfort, Happiness, Joy and Patience.
* Show Me The Way by Henri J. M. Nouwen
* Biblical references from the New Jerusalem Bible