Shhhh!

Thanks to Mary, my sister, who always knows how to nudge – gently.

I thought I was ready for the Lenten Season, however, I find that I am only three days in and I am lost.  Not from a lack of looking and making notes, but from a lack of discernment.

Here I sit at 2 p.m. Central European Time – that’s about 7 a.m. U.S. Central, and I am having an “Ah Ha’ moment.

I thought I had prayed for guidance in writing this piece, but obviously I wasn’t listening.  Sooooo.  I sat myself down, prayed another short prayer, and began to write.  Here is what I have for you.

Be Still And KNOW!  Hmm, I thought I did that! 

Know that He loves us.  John 15:9  As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you; abide in my love.  

  1. Did you ever really read this?  If you think about it, Jesus is saying He loved us first.  Have you ever been praying and heard Jesus says, “I love you?”  Have you ever said back, “I love you too?”  Even if you have not heard his audible voice just try saying, “I love you!”
  2. Have you kept up your prayer closet since last week?  Or have you missed a few days?  Count me in on that.  It’s hard, but it is so doable, and the graces abound there.
  3. Have you caught yourself in a fit of whatevers?  Yea, that sour word that slices to the bone.  Yes slice – that sends cold chills through my body.  But multiply that times 1000 and you might just understand how that affects Jesus, God the Father, and the Holy Spirit and his holy angels.  Makes you want to jump up and down and whine “OVERS! OVERS!! OVERRRRRRS!!!” 
  4. Never fear – just be still and KNOW.  Jesus loved us before we even knew his name.  Isn’t that amazing. . .

Well to help your Lenten Season along try this on for size.  This will put you in the right place, at the right time, for the right reason.

Footage from BBC’s Award-Winning Nature film; Earth

Gregorio Allegri’s – Miserere mei, Deus – Performed by the Oxford Camerata conducted by Jeremy Summerly

Miserere mei, Deus: secundum magnam misericordiam tuam.  Taken from Psalm 51
By Italian composer Gregorio Allegri

Psalm 51  RSV

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet came to him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba. Have mercy on me, O God, according to thy steadfast love; according to thy abundant mercy blot out my transgressions.

Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin!

For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me.

Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done that which is evil in thy sight, so that thou art justified in thy sentence and blameless in thy judgment.

Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me.

Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward being; therefore teach me wisdom in my secret heart.

Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

Fill me with joy and gladness; let the bones which thou hast broken rejoice.

Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities.

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me.

Cast me not away from thy presence, and take not thy holy Spirit from me.

Restore to me the joy of thy salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.

Then I will teach transgressors thy ways, and sinners will return to thee.

Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation, and my tongue will sing aloud of thy deliverance.

O Lord, open thou my lips, and my mouth shall show forth thy praise.

For thou hast no delight in sacrifice; were I to give a burnt offering, thou wouldst not be pleased.

The sacrifice acceptable to God is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

Do good to Zion in thy good pleasure; rebuild the walls of Jerusalem,

Then wilt thou delight in right sacrifices, in burnt offerings and whole burnt offerings; then bulls will be offered on thy altar.

Courage Christians!

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One Response to “Shhhh!”

  1. Lona Ruth Says:

    Blessings and many thanks for your work and reflections, especially during this time of Lent. Love to you!

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