A Meditation for the Second Week of Lent
Those who pray stand at that point of intersection where the love of God and the tensions and
sufferings we inflict on each other meet and are held in the healing power of God.
[Sister Mary Clare]
Prayer of the Week:
Accept me, O Lord, just as I am, in my frailty, my hopes, my contradictions and my confusions.
Accept me, with the currents that pull me in many directions. Accept all of this, and help me so to live with what I am, that what I am may become my way to you. Amen.
Theme of the Week: Antony of Egypt:
We should be aware always of the uncertainty of our life and know that we are governed by God’s Providence. . . . The Lord has entrusted our soul to us: let us keep what has been entrusted to us in the same state as it was in when we received it. No one can put forward as an excuse that what is born in us is external to us. Let the One who made us recognize His own creation, and let Him find His own work as He created it.
Question of the Week: What prevents me from letting go?
[Robert J. Wicks Crossing the Desert]
Knowing what to let go of and when to let go is an undervalued art, rarely practiced. [p. 71]
What can I put aside in order to make space for God’s creative work?
Becoming acquainted with our resistance is the first step to letting go.
Resistance is not a barrier to overcome; rather it is a bridge to deeper self-
What is the name of one thing you are holding onto?
What are the benefits of holding on?
What are the benefits of letting go?
Which choice will make you feel your “peaceful worthwhileness”?
Prayer from Sunday School: Forgiveness
_____________________________ is forgiven. In the name of the living Christ, I set you free
from my resentment and my expectations.
Go on your way in peace.