Perhaps a seed was planted in my soul early on when my dad, a devout Catholic who rarely quoted scripture would say: “What does it profit a man/woman to gain the whole world and suffer the loss of his/her immortal soul?” This always started me thinking, especially on Ash Wednesday.
For me, Lent is an opportunity to pause and pay attention to my relationships with the Triune God; my family; my religious community; and friends or strangers that cross my path. As we begin this Lenten journey let us pray with the psalmist:
Create in me a clean heart, O Gracious One,
and put a new and right spirit
Enfold me in the arms of love, and
fill me with your Holy Spirit.
Restore in me the joy of your saving grace,
and encourage me with a new spirit” (Psalm 51, Nan C. Merrill).
What seeds were planted in your soul at even a young age? Did the seeds of solitude, silence, Scripture, and prayer lead to a good Lent?
In the quiet, I remember that I am a creature, loved unconditionally by the Creator, Redeemer, and Sanctifier. I am the adopted daughter of the Most-High God. I trust in this relationship and hope that it enables me to reach out to others because love is repaid by love alone. Lent calls me to journey within so that I can extend a hand to others on the journey.
At the end of each day, let us ponder the Prophet Micah’s words to examine what living the Lenten journey can mean:
This is what Yahweh asks of you:
with your God” (Micah 6:8).