Psalm 51: 1-18 (19-20); Lam. 1:1-2, 6-12; 2 Cor. 1:1-7; Mark 11:12-25
Have a good Lent!
In a conversation with my daughter about why she and I seem to look forward to Lent perhaps more than the average Christian, I jokingly asked her if the appeal was in all the asceticism, self-denial and purging. She replied that to her Lent was a chance to focus on disciplining herself to something that is not of this world, in a sense to make spiritual resolutions instead of the traditional New Year's resolutions.
When asked to write a Lenten meditation, I focused my thoughts on Psalm 51:10-12: "Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit to sustain me." And then verse 17: "My sacrifice O God is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise."
In seeking a clean heart, as well as a renewed spirit, there must be change—and change is always difficult. Who wants to go first—my heart or my mind, perhaps my stomach? Breaking my hold on earthly things will bring me closer to God. As I become more mindful of how attached I am to things of this world, I realize how much less reliance on God I seem to have. There's something that needs to be changed, broken.
Verse 3: "For I know my transgressions; and my sin is always before me." Once you've decided to "give up" something, isn't it just right there all the time, forcing you to confront your demons? We really do have only three Starbucks in Murfreesboro, but it may seem like more if you've given up lattes for Lent! I also add a spiritual practice to my day, perhaps an additional devotion or praying the rosary. It suddenly seems difficult to find 15 minutes. The sacrifices I make need to be intentional and so does the discipline required to affect the change I seek.
I desire a more pure heart and a steadfast and willing spirit, to be united with my God and Savior. Lent is the perfect time for me to allow God to change my heart.
Posted on Mon, March 29, 2010
by Lenten Meditations filed under