Right now, and for several weeks, you and I have important work to do. From the moment, on Ash Wednesday, when the ashes are imposed upon our foreheads, to the bright and profound celebration that is Easter Sunday, we enter a period of spiritual attentiveness that is shaped by questions:
- What areas of my life need to be cleaned up and aired out?
- What are the deepest desires of my soul—and how do they reflect God’s desires for me?
- In what ways am I most easily or most often tempted to participate with evil?
- What is God doing in this broken world—and how does God want me to participate in that amazing work?
- If I sit still and listen long enough, what will the Holy Spirit say to me—about my life, my relationships, my fears, and my dreams?
- How can I prepare my heart to walk alongside Jesus through his life and ministry, his torment and death, and finally his resurrection and new life?
I invite you to take even one of these questions and work with it during the next few days. Pray over it. Journal about it. And, possibly, stay with that question and the others throughout Lent. As we work through the inspiring material of Greg Pierce’s book, The World as It Should Be, I think you’ll find that these questions fit right in.
Grace and peace upon your day, your weekend, your Lenten journey this year.