Pray to God, allowing for the transformation of your being and feelings. Give to God what you have found in your heart.
Lord Jesus, you endured shame and suffering for our sake, and overcame death of the grave by breaking open the chains of hell and rising to life again. In your tender compassion for humanity, you delivered those of yesterday, those of today and those of tomorrow from eternal pain. Open wide the gates of thanksgiving in our hearts this Lenten season to seek and draw ever so close to you. Deliver us from the chaotic winds that blow us in all directions. Take away the clutter that surrounds our lives, and enable us to fix our gaze on you, that in our journeying toward your passion in Jerusalem, we may experience the joy and wonder of your welcome embrace. We ask this for the sake of you, who is alive and reigns with the Father and the Holy Spirit, ever one God, world without end. Amen.
– Fr Kirtley Yearwood
© Harrowing of Hell, Suzanne Moore, 2011. The Saint John’s Bible, Order of Saint Benedict, Collegeville, Minnesota. Scripture quotations are from the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible, Catholic Edition, © 1993, 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
Notice the transforming presence of God within you. Let go of words and images. Surrender all that is stirring, even if only briefly, and rest for a few minutes in God’s embrace.
For me, being still is an active process of engaging my inner senses. Finding a physical quiet space and removing all the clutter of thoughts and feelings to rest in God’s embrace brings honesty to the daily routine of ‘doing stuff’. It is a calmness I look forward to engaging several times a day. This practice keeps me honesty with God, and in this, my thanksgivings flow. I am thankfukl to God for the gift of his Son Jesus Christ, for family, friends and neighbors, and for the gift of life itself. Thank you, Lord, for what you did at Calvary. Thank you, Lord, for your on-going care for your creation. Lent is a good time of the year for saying ‘thank you’. Lent is also a good time for spiritual “house-cleaning”. May I invite you to pause and sit in the quiet of your heart and join with me in removing the clutter of life.
– Fr Kirtley Yearwood