A Prayer for Lent: “Catch Me in My Scurrying”

As we approach the Fourth Sunday of Lent, I wonder how you’re doing.  This is a busy time for many people.  Work and chores.  Raising children.  Hockey games.  Report cards.  Volunteering.  Sometimes life gets a bit full!  During the season of Lent, we’re invited to slow things down and be more reflective.  To take a few minutes each day and ask, “How is it going with my soul?”  As we take such time for reflection, we draw close to the Lord and we prepare our hearts for his death and resurrection.  The following prayer for Lent by Ted Loder (Guerillas of Grace) has helped me to slow down and be a bit more reflective, so I offer it to you:

Catch me in my anxious scurrying, Lord,
and hold me in this Lenten season:
hold my feet to the fire of your grace
and make me attentive to my mortality
that I may begin to die now
to those things that keep me
from living with you and my neighbors on this earth; 
to grudges and indifference,
to certainties that smother possibilities,
to my fascination with false securities,
to my addiction to sweatless dreams,
to my arrogant insistence on how it has to be;
to my corrosive fear of dying someday
which eats away the wonder of living this day,
and the adventures of losing my life
in order to find it in you.

Amen!

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What to Give Up for Lent

I prefer to talk about the Lent as a season of returning to the Lord with all my heart (Ruth Haley Barton).  A time of reflection, worship and spiritual formation.  But sometimes returning to the Lord means getting rid of something.  Denying yourself.  Then the question, “What are you giving up for Lent?” is appropriate.  So, what do you give up?  I’m trying to fast one meal a week, in order to feast more intentionally on God’s Word.  But fasting from food is only one option.  I like the list that my spiritual director passed on (from an anonymous source).  Not sure what to give up for Lent?  Perhaps this list will help:

  • Give up complaining, focus on gratitude.
  • Give up pessimism, become an optimist.
  • Give up harsh judgment, think kindly thoughts.
  • Give up worry, trust Divine Providence.
  • Give up discouragement, be full of hope.
  • Give up bitterness, turn to forgiveness.
  • Give up hatred, return good for evil.
  • Give up negativism, be positive.
  • Give up anger, be more patient.
  • Give up pettiness, become mature.
  • Give up gloom, enjoy the beauty that is all around you.
  • Give up jealousy, pray for trust.
  • Give up gossiping, control your tongue.
  • Give up sin, turn to virtue.
  • Give up giving up, hang in there.