Pathways through Lent, Uncategorized

Wednesday in the Fourth Week of Lent

There Is Always Room for Improvement

Speaking to a book club, a member asked, “What is the best lesson you learned from playing football?”

Well, that’s a tough question, but one answer is what I heard after every game or practice:

“Men, there’s plenty of room for improvement.”

So, when I’m asked why I observe Lent and why do I emphasize its four pillars—sacrifice, prayer, meditation and study, and service, I answer:

“There’s always room for improvement.”

Our ability to bring peace in the world and with our neighbors depends on our capacity to make peace with ourselves. During Lent we develop a routine that enables us to bring harmony out of conflict about our feelings, our perceptions, and our mental and spiritual state. There is nothing easy about a Lenten discipline, but it brings peace within, and it makes peace in our world and the whole world a real possibility.

Besides, even if you aren’t successful, “There was room for improvement.”

Webb Hubbell

Appointed readings for today:  Isaiah 49: 8-15, Psalm 145:8-19, John 5:19-29

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