March 10, 2017
Dear St. Stephen’s Family and Friends,
I admit it: Lent evades me right now. The usual patterns are in place including an additional book on a spiritual concern (Come Be My Light by Mother Teresa) and no meat on Fridays (that isn’t the same as a fast) to remind me to give extra money to the poor and hungry and to remind me of putting my life in God’s hands. It seems my basic character defects are here to stay until God decides to remove them and my sins continue to be all too familiar; daily forgiven and daily familiar. This morning (Tuesday) all I wanted to do was read and rest and meditate. My good protestant work ethic would not allow that to happen so off to my lists about St. Stephen’s, NWPA, home, personal and a look at the end of the day showing what’s been checked off. Nothing wrong with getting things done; makes the world keep moving. Nothing wrong with reading and praying; feeds the spirit within. At the end of the day my heart is grateful for the gift of another day and a certain curiosity about what dreams will come in sleep and what adventures await tomorrow. Maybe Lent, more than any other season, reminds us to not take life for granted and to plumb the depths of each day, each relationship, each opportunity to love and serve God and others. Sounds good. See you on Sunday.
Love and blessings,