While reading Sojourner, I was pleasantly surprised by another writer who writes a piece called “Thoughts on Lent From a Non-Churchgoer”, which echoed my sentiment for this season. Yet again today, like on Day 2 of Lent when I discussed prayer, and referenced a piece called “Lent Is Not Giving Up Stuff” by Jarrod McKenna; Melissa Otterbein writes:
“It feels less to me like giving things up or Bible verses and more about intentionally walking in spiritual pilgrimage with your God. Forty days to develop a practice that honors the sacred journey that is our human experience, giving thanks to the One who made us as we walk alongside this light, this hope.”
How beautifully phrased!! Thank you for sharing, Melissa. Intentionally walking really resonated with me. Because unless a person is sleep walking, I have never heard of a person unintentionally walking. And although walking alongside the One is walking with light and hope, and it may appear as if we are dreaming, at times, the joy comes from knowing that this walk is real and enduring, and being able to witness to the impact that our conscious decision, to walk with Him, has on our lives. Praise God for the joy inspired praise that flows from our intentional walk with Him this Lenten season.
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“Thoughts on Lent From a Non-Churgoer” by Melissa Otterbein – http://sojo.net/blogs/2015/02/23/thoughts-lent-non-churchgoer
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Prayer is a recurring theme for those of us who seek the Lord, especially during times of trials. As we put our selves to the test of pruning ourselves for God. Prayer is a great way to stay focused on our purpose and mission. I am not big on routine, however, I am big on attempting to do what I am doing well. So I have always wanted to be a prayer warrior. As I continue to pursue this desire, I keep the Lord’s prayer at the forefront of my mind (Matthew 6:9-13; and Luke 11:2-4). I am sharing these passages with you today, in hopes of keeping us reminded of who we are and why we should prepare ourselves everyday. I am thankful for this season to practice the perpetual preparation of ourselves. I particularly enjoyed reading Sojourners – “Lent Is Not Giving Up Stuff” (http://sojo.net/blogs/2015/02/18/lent-not-giving-stuff) by Jarrod McKenna, he writes:
Rowan Williams reminds us:
“The word ‘Lent’ itself comes from the old English word for Spring. It’s not about feeling gloomy for forty days. It’s not about making yourself miserable for forty days. It’s not even about giving things up for forty days. Lent is spring time. It’s about preparing for that great climax of Spring time, Easter: new life bursting through death… self-denial isn’t an end in itself but to sweep and clean the room of our own minds and hearts so that the New Life might really have room to come in and take over and transform us at Easter.”
I pray that with each new season of Lent we become one more step closer to allowing ourselves to be used for God’s purpose, so HIS will can be done, for HIS kingdom to be on earth, as it is in heaven. Amen