Inviting a Meaningful Lent

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For many Christians, Lent feels like this.

But for others, it is an invitation to an authentic 40 day journey that draws us closer to Christ. Beginning with Ash Wednesday and ending at Easter, it is a time to participate in disciplines such as fasting and prayer that help us to choose between our own comfort and glory and God’s glory. As we intentionally journey during Lent, we are led to the reality of the cross. The Lenten season is filled with meaningful opportunities to realize that the journey to Calvary does not just belong to Jesus. It is our journey too.

Loading and unloading dishes last week, I mentally planned what it would take to “Make Lent Meaningful.” Initially my private proposal sounded great. Yet the cleaner my kitchen got, the less peaceful I was.

My relationship with God is definitely not a place where I am pursuing harder work, and yet that is exactly what I was going to do. I felt God’s gentle voice urging me to reframe my internal posture. Consequently, the title “Inviting a Meaningful Lent.” I long to be faithful to His holy suggestions, so I chucked plan K for plan G.

You can read Lenten musings here and here from writers whose thoughts I value.

A highlight of this year has been attending a monthly dinner and Bible study with a small group of dear friends. Tonight’s topic was Time. Linda closed our evening with this song. I knew that it was confirmation of God’s Lenten movement towards me.

Still By Watermark

The more I get alone
The more I see I need to get alone more, more
Cause just when I think that I’m alone
Your Spirit calls out to me
And even silence has a song
Cause that’s when you come
Sing over me

Still, let me be still
Let me be OK
With the quiet in my heart
Still, I want to be still
I’m so quick to move
Instead of listening to you
Shut my mouth
Crush my pride
Give me the tears
Of a broken life,
Still

Oh this world, it falls around me
And flutters all it’s beauty in my eyes
But let me choose the solitude
Simplicity has always simply changed my life
Cause even stillness makes me move
Cause that’s when my heart
Learns to dance with you

Still, let me be still
Let me be OK
With the quiet in my heart
Still, I want to be still
I’m so quick to move
Instead of listening to you
I’m your child
Tame my heart
Obedience
To me impart
Still

La la la la la, Hold me
La la la la la, Cleanse me
La la la la la, Change me, Oh God
Change me while I am
Still, let me be still
And know that you are God
And you are always enough
Still, I want to be still
To take all that I am
And simply lift it up

Shut my mouth
Crush my pride
Give me the tears
Of a broken life,
Still

What is God’s invitation to you this Lent?

Comments

  1. Rich says:

    To be closer to you as we journey together this Lent.

  2. tara says:

    i loved mama monk’s post that you linked to.
    refreshing…renewing…full of grace.

    so much to still understand about grace…..for myself.
    thanks for being a friend that sharpens me constantly.

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