Monday, February 20, 2012

Lent and God's Drumbeat

So I've been thinking about what I should give up or take on for Lent, and came across this sermon by the Bishop of London (Anglican - love ya, miss ya). It's not that long, but in case you're pressed for time, here are a couple of excerpts that struck me:

You will know the pressure points in your own lives, but now is the time for deciding how to use Lent. Perhaps by not reading so many newspapers, hearing so much, watching so much, consuming so much, so that we can be liberated from the sick hurry which dulls our capacity to hear the still small voice.

Perhaps it is the time to live more simply in order to tighten up the drumskin, so that God's drumbeat can be heard more clearly in our lives.

Perhaps it is a time for carving out some solitude so that we can become aware of those senses which are deadened in daily life. The choice is yours. You have to decide what is most relevant.....

Just giving up chocolate, which can be resumed in a great binge on Easter Day, does little good and can easily fill us with an unhelpful sense of spiritual achievement. Lent is an opportunity for Springtime cleansing and we can encourage one another in observing it.

I'm still pondering if I'll befriend GUS (giving up something) or TOM (taking on more) this Lenten season, but in light of this year of intentionality, I'm thinking of getting rid of some of this clutter that leaves little room for God to work in my life.

What about you? What is God showing you in preparation for Lent?

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