Ash Wednesday: Beginning Lent

Good Morning, God

I confess to having begun yesterday by splitting a chocolate bar with my beloved husband, Kit and then I had pancakes for breakfast. Fat Tuesday, indeed! And now I sit — pondering the Journey of Lent — so lovingly set before me. Set before me as an opportunity to offer myself. That sounds noble. It isn’t. Why wouldn’t I want to dig deeper into this annual invitation to grow?

Because, that is what I am now reframing Lent as — an invitation to COME AND SEE — or just come and sit quietly in prayer. Consenting, Asking, Desiring Welcoming the action of Your Indwelling Spirit within me.

One Wonderful Thing about growing older is I am becoming more comfortable about being brought nose to nose with my faults. Last night — just before I sat down for a period of Centering Prayer — I fussed at my sweet husband for unplugging the lights instead of switching them off. (I had just replugged them 5 minutes before.) I sat in “prayerful” silence. Then it was as if I heard a Voice saying: Have I given you so much energy that you can afford to waste it on irritations?

Well, no. . . of course not. Another gift of aging is that I no longer imagine myself with unlimited energy. So, clearly, I was foolish to waste it on harassing my beloved husband. Notice, my behavior was named FOOLISH as opposed to BAD.

And, so I was not shamed or scolded. I was just helped to reframe my behavior as foolish. To me that is how YOU operate. Lovingly calling me to turn away from foolishness — and into lovingkindness.

Story teller,

Posted in becoming the change I wish to see, Being ENJOYED by God, Centering Prayer, Changing, Inner Journeys, JOY, Lovingkindness, pondering the purpose of Lent, reframing, simple joys of daily life, the joy of sharing
One comment on “Ash Wednesday: Beginning Lent
  1. mlmullen86 says:

    Nice, Margie…..and where is the Lovey Picture ??😍ML Sent from my iPhone

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