Well, it is that time of year again. Lent. It is time to take stock of where you are in your spiritual life, how you’ve been at saying your prayers, how you’ve been at attending worship.
Most of us, if we are really honest with ourselves, might find room for improvement—places where we’ve not been as intentional as we might have liked to have been. Lent gives the invitation to take a look at where we are in relationship to our Lord and to do something about it.
We all know that good intentions don’t really produce results. For example, we may have the best of intentions of tending to that diet, but we don’t really get any results until we put ourselves to the actual following the diet; we may have the best of intentions of doing that exercise program, but we really don’t achieve any benefit until we actually do the exercise.
Well, guess what? The same thing is true about our lives of prayer and worship. If we would have the Lord draw near to us, we have to make the effort to draw closer to Him.
We do that by paying attention to two things: private prayer and corporate worship. Generally, for most of us– if the Lord seems distant it is because we have not made the effort.
So Lent is a gift. It is a wonderful gift of God to us because we are reminded that the Word is near to us. It can be a time of great spiritual reawakening and refreshing. We do hope, and we can indeed turn again to Him.
In our Lord’s name, I invite you to the keeping of a holy and exciting Lent. It will be holy as you grow in the love of our Lord and it will be exciting because if you invest yourself into that journey of prayer, you will discover many wonderful things about our Lord, and being at one with Him.
Canon Father Greg+
2/21/2010 (Lent 1)