The planning for the parish journey through Lent kicks in here. I am forced to pause as I encourage others to. The weekly mid-week services are like the watering stations in a marathon. I am refreshed and whilst tired run on just a little refreshed and able to go a bit further.
I would love to hear about your experience of Lenten preparation. One of my monastic brothers challenged me not so much say my prayers, but to pray. The former leads only to guilt whilst the latter to communion with God. It is a theme developed by people such as Brother Lawrence. In the midst of my busy life I know God is there. However he also reminded me to seek out times of proximity with God. Intentional times when He has my whole attention. If that attention drifts offer that thought to God, don't fight with it because then you will already be distracted from your time with God!
At times I use the 'Jesus Prayer' as a meditation on my walk with God and his mercy to me. 'Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God, have mercy on me a Sinner.' The journey of faith is not a series of weekly day-trips but it is a pilgrimage through all of life. At times we run, at others we limp but through all the stages we are accompanied by our brothers and sisters in Christ and by Jesus.
Lent reminds me that the balance I desire for my life isn't there yet. that spiritually I am 'out of shape' but I'm putting one foot in front of the other. Lent is a time to remember just why the cross is so essential, so necessary for a sinner in need of assistance.
Psalm 231 The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
3 he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
for his name’s sake.
4 Even though I walk
through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the LORD