Sunday, March 4, 2018

Broken Places, Listening for Lent




Because the fog of  melancholy,  in all its unwelcome darkness, 
has gradually infiltrated  the margins of my life, I find  it
very  easy to  lose optimism, to become introspective,
to feel.....burdened and withdrawn.
To lose the feeling of Lent. 
To not live this season
 as it is intended to be lived.:

'Give alms...Pray to your Father...Fast without a gloomy face...' 
(Matthew 6:1-18)



Lenten wreaths >

Really seeing those who suffer..... way more than we do......
isn't it difficult sometimes?
  And  doesn't it seem an exercise in futility?
As some days we wrap the cloak
of our own troubles and worries around us. 

What we are called by the Spirit to do-----
It is never to follow the way of the bigger and better to glory in this life.
The call is solely to follow Him by doing for others. 

So, let's unfold, open and see those in need. Offering consolation.
Listening to their stories.
Putting our brokenness aside.

“Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, 
for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.”
Hebrews 13:16 


< Crucifixion art

Let us be present in those broken places.
Let us hear one who suffers quietly, putting on a brave face.
Let us walk with one who is weighted by doubt, loneliness, sorrow.

That cross is heavy and needs support.
Even though, yes,  we drag our own.
And, yes, it's loaded with our own despair, our own worries.  
And we stumble.

We are our wounds, are we not?
Walking a rocky road, this gentle quiet, this is our call,
our purpose.
To put on the Lord and be The Light.
However small, however minor........:

“Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.”
Philippians 2:4 
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