March 1st, 2018

Mid Week Musing

We are well into Lent now. Sadly, this is one of those years when I am not doing a good job of opening myself to Lent’s disciplines. There are signs of the Holy Spirit’s work all around me, yet I feel myself holding back. Why? The usual reasons. I’ve been busy with sermons, bulletins, funerals, visits, the Elder Nomination process, and—ironically—a retreat. Sunday through Friday in particular of late have been one big rush. When I’m not working It’s hard to find time in the day for Lenten reading, yah, yah yah.

I know full well, of course, that these excuses are thin. Yet I offer them in case you are in a similar place. In his sermon at St. Mary’s last night, Joe Racek, pastor at New life, offered some wisdom from Dallas Willard. Hurry, said Willard, is the enemy of God’s presence. Simply taking time to stop and look around you can open the heart to the nearness of God. Not only do I know this, I spoke about it at the women’s retreat. But knowing a thing and doing it consistently are not the same.

So, I invite you and myself to “begin” opening up to the gifts of Lent. The time between now and Good Friday is going to be the same no matter how we use it. Let’s slow down.

 

Peace, Catherine


Scripture Reading:
Exodus 20:1-17
Psalm 19
1 Corinthians 1:18-25
John 2:13-22