FATHER DAVID’S BLOG, 2021-02-19 — Our Lenten journey began this week on Ash Wednesday. For the next forty days, all of us are invited to take on the spiritual practices of self-examination and repentance; and of reading and meditating on God’s holy Word. We are also called upon to regularly confess our sins to God.
It is a temptation to want to move quickly to Easter instead of engaging these ancient practices for the next month and half, but I strongly recommend that you not bypass this important and life-renewing work of the spirit.
To engage even just one or two of these practices is hard work. It is hard work because these practices have the potential of changing us, of breaking open those parts of ourselves that we are most ashamed of.
These practices are not meant to be used as our own personal cudgels to shame ourselves before God. Just the opposite is the case! When we engage in some or all of these practices, we do not find shame but discover instead an openness to know the love of God maybe for the first time.
The Season of Lent is about unbinding ourselves from all that stuff that keeps us separated from God and one another.
I can help you find the right fit for what spiritual practice(s) feel right for you this Lent. Please call me or email me so we can set up a time to talk. Together we will find new life on Easter morning!
Fr. David+, OA