First, the Scriptures tell us about an unexpected gift, perhaps a pardon. Then we’re advised to select carefully the company we keep, to create hospitable conditions for spiritual growth. Also, we’re counseled to make sure that “the cares of the world, and the lure of wealth, and the desire for other things” don’t suffocate our souls.
Finally, the Psalm offers a prayer of thanksgiving for God’s continuing mercies, reminding us that a grateful heart is the best place to begin living more deeply. Indeed, those things we take for granted—good health, enough food and shelter, books for learning, time to pursue our own well-being—can all be savored more if we make gratitude our daily practice.
Lent is a time for looking more attentively into the bags we carry (and we all have them!). Riches may be hidden there. Lent is a time to examine the choices we make; it’s a time to commence a more balanced, authentic relationship with our Creator.
God’s work within us can always use a fresh beginning. There is no better time than now.
FEB. 28 / WEDNESDAY