by Lisa Kirchenbauer
The Third Wednesday of Lent
Jeremiah 8:18-9:6 Psalm 81, 82, 119:97-120 Romans 5:1-11 John 8:12-20
At the beginning of each year for the last five years or so, as I prepare for the Lenten season, I have listened quietly and deeply for a message that I will follow for that year. The messages have often built upon the prior year. Last year was, “A gentle heart opens many doors.” It was a good reminder to me that by being gentle and non-judgmental I can open up relationships and opportunities and find grace.
My message this year is a simple chant…
Be Open, Be Present, Be Loving
- Be Open…to the possibilities, to God’s will, to another’s heart
- Be Present…so that I can clearly hear my calling, so that I am aware of my true feelings, so that I can truly connect with others
- Be Loving…because it is a better and easier way, because my children and husband need it from me, and because the entire world needs more love these days
Although I may not always remember my mantra, it serves to focus me and remind me of what is important and how I can live a more Christian life. Through meditation and prayer, we each have the ability to reconnect with ourselves, to discover our purpose in this world and begin to put this mission into place. Please join me as I strive to live this year’s message to the fullest!