ASH WEDNESDAY PRAYER...
Grant, O Lord, that we may begin
with holy fasting this campaign
of Christian service, so that, as
we take up battle against
spiritual evils, we may be armed
with weapons of self-restraint.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ,
your Son, who lives and reigns
with you in the unity of the Holy
Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. (Amen)
ASH WEDNESDAY MESSAGE
I hear that time is short and you need to figure out who you are what you’re
about and offer yourself in
relationship to God. In clearer language Jesus calls us to authenticity. But
emerging as the authentic me is a hard journey.
I don’t think it is a hard journey because we are naturally duplicitous or that
we are naturally hypocrites.
I think one of the reasons it
is hard is because sometimes
we are naturally
unconscious. We are
unaware that there are dimensions to us that we have yet to
explore or yet to unleash or that we even need to
explore. If you are like me the alarm may have to go off
two or three times before I
really wake up in the
morning. Fortunately Lent comes around every year saying wake up.
It is a hard Journey because sometimes we don’t like
what we see. We would rather live with the myth of
who we are, rather than the reality.
Fortunately I have
JESUS who say,
So Lent comes along and offers us a time to get real.
In the called to a holy lent ee are called to self examination and repentance
– Self examination means to
take a real look at ourselves,
an honest look and that look
means that there
are some things we want to
repent of which really means
to turn away from. But I hope in that self
examination we will also find
some things we want to turn toward and embrace. Our
higher and better self is also in there to be
discovered and celebrated.
In the called to a holy lent we are called to prayer, fasting and self denial. This really means to spend
some time alone with our selves and with God. It is amazing that we keep
inventing ways in which we
never have to be alone. My TV
has what seems to me to be an endless number of channels that run 24/7. I
have my computer, my radio, my cd player, my phone, all of which can
talk to me and keep me from
being alone. We can say to ourselves I was just at prayer Sunday which is good
but mean the kind prayer where we are alone with God.
IN an interview many years ago a
reporter asked One WOMAN about how she prayed.
She says when I pray I sit and listen. The reporter then
asks, “What does God
do? She replied that God mostly sits and listens. It is
almost frightful to
dare to think of sitting and
listening in the presence of God.
Fasting and self denial is about discovering that these hings beyond us have more
power over us than we admit and it is about striving
to be released from that power. Through fasting
and self denial we can come
to realize the strength of our
desire for food or
alcohol or drugs and then find the strength to break
that control and discover
freedom in God.
Reading and meditating on
God’s word – and finally the
word the scripture. I find it very illuminating to
ask very simple questions when I am reading scripture.
Just two questions,
Where am I in this story?
What does this message
have to say to me? And if your
answer is always I don’t see myself in that story I don’t
hear a message for me you are not looking deep
enough or listening hard enough.
All this is about finding our true selves to offer to God.
So what about JESUS
Jesus is the one who calls us to our true self, our higher
self our better self.
And most importantly Jesus
is the one who loves us long before we ever get there and
who makes it safe for us to try.
So hear the call of Lent. The call to get real.
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