Lenten reflections 2018 - 01

 

 

Sunday - First week of Lent

 

Genesis 9: 8-15 1 Peter 3: 18-22 Mark 1: 12-15

 

LENT 

seat of transformation and life,an invitation 

to enter and rest in thissacred, greening space of renewal.

Grace-filled, graceful the dance of the Beloved

awaiting not enforcing,gentle not controlling,

inviting the loved one to enter the desert plains -

stark in its purity;blazing in its truth.

 

Lured into Love -a journey of risk taking,

the weak are strengthened,the mighty humbled

in succumbing to transparency,holy, sacred ground of becoming.

 

This journey of transformation - God’s oasis;

a spring alive and vibrant;God’s very vitality and presence 

a blazing furnace -cosmic receptacle of

my deepest longings,  my darkest thoughts and actions

my life, desperately clinging to  hope, threadbare from lack of use.

 

In this journey of desert sands of inner toil;

of a merciless sun beating down on ego striving

for centre stage, for the manna of control,

for the nectar of pleasure.

Oasis moments this journey of letting go,

ofgiving in to trust and hope,treading softly the peaceful ground of being.

 

Lent - a dance

of insight and of repentance,

of inspiration and of  transformation,

of letting go and of becoming

one with the Dancer eading each and all 

to the still point within -   centre-space of the universe.

 

Lent

an opportunity to‘fast from words that pollute,

feast on phrases that create life;fast from discontent,

feast on gratitude and joy;fast from anger,

feast on understanding and compassion;fast from worry,

feast on trust and faith;fast from suspicion,

feast on truth and reality;fast from idle gossip,

feast on purposeful silence and acceptance.”

(Redemptorists - adapted)

 

Lent - is a spaceto stop a few minutes each day

to look at our lives

tolisten to the murmurings of the Spirit

speaking of God’s eternal grace and mercy;

calling you and I to abundance -

a state of well-being beyond our imagination.

 

Yet, freedom is the music to this dance -

freedom to choosefreedom to be.

Choosing this safari into desert changes, opens our being

andFulness -

now free can givethat emptiness may be filled.

One in the dance of willing burningin the Fire of Love,

willing diminishing continues

till Self knows;till Self isSacred Unity.

 

Breath Prayer:

 

I breathe in:      ‘God of my heart’

 

I breathe out:    ‘Draw me into your heart’

 

 

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