Pathways through Lent

Developing a Life of Prayer

Saturday after Ash Wednesday

Psalm 30, 32 Ezekiel 39:21–29 Philippians 4:10–20 John 17:20–26

Some time ago, I recognized that, while I built intentional prayer into my day,
I wasn’t always great at meeting my intentions. So to help, I decided to begin
my morning run with singing the Doxology. Very simple, yet it allowed me to
begin each day by thanking God for all the blessings in my life. For years now,
this has set the tone for my day.
Lately, though, I’ve noticed that tone quickly fades during my Metro ride to
work as I become focused on what is in store for me at the Pentagon.
So during my Metro ride, as the train surfaces from underground, I look
out the windows of the Metro to spot the beautiful spires of the National
Cathedral—and now I find that sight on my ride is a great opportunity to be
in a moment of silence and reset.
My hope is that Lent provides you the opportunity to find prayer in the
everyday things of life at any time—and all it might take is a good look
around.
Praise God, from Whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
–Marilyn Jenkins

Cathedral

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