“Seek the Lord while he may be found;
call on him while he is near.
Let the wicked forsake their ways,
and the unrighteous their thoughts.
Let them turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on them,
and to our God, for he will freely pardon.” Isaiah 55:6-7
Lent is a time to seek and call on the Lord. It is a time to forsake whatever is not of God. In sum, Lent is about turning towards the Lord with all that we are. Just as our Lord spent forty days in the wilderness alone with God being prepared for the ministry he would soon take up, we too spend the forty days of Lent refocusing our commitment to Christ and to the ministry we have been given.
My friends, we live in a busy and sometimes chaotic world. This time of Lent is for you and God, alone. The traditional spiritual practices of Lent are prayer, fasting, and giving. But, whatever practices you take up this Lent, they are between you and the God who loves you. Allow yourself some time and space to turn from the things in this world that constantly demand your attention. If we are to serve others effectively and with love, we must take time to be grounded in the Source. Let this season of Lent to be a time of refreshment and refocus. God loves you. By emptying ourselves and turning towards God, we make room for the Lord’s abundance. Love is gentle and love is kind. Our Lord will not force love upon us. But, if we make room and take time our Lord will fill our emptiness with the love and life of Christ. And, that love and life will overflow gently and effortlessly into the lives of those we encounter. Take this time of Lent for just you and your Lord. In doing this, you will be adequately prepared to be fully present for others in love. This is how we prepare for the ministry we have been given.
My friends, may you have a blessed Lent. And, let the sure hope of the resurrection on the horizon guide you. Let us all “be attentive to this as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.” 1 Peter 1:19