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LENTEN REFLECTIONS

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LENTEN REFLECTIONS

For the next 40 days on your Lenten journey here, you will find a sprinkle of reflective possibilities. Every Monday morning, a new set of Daily Reflections will be here just waiting for you to take the time. The format shall be as follows:

1) A brief reflective thought able to stand on it's own. Hopefully it will capture a "whisper" from God to your heart.

2) A link to the Creighton University Online Ministry Daily Reflection PRAYING LENT. This is here should you wish to dig deeper, walk a little longer with the Lord.

3) A Prayer, sometimes of my own making, other times captured from some of the great spirits of Christians past.

Know that every time you visit here, I will have already offered a morning prayer for your intentions. May God's peace, joy, and love be ever at your side, wherever the journey leads.

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First Week of Lent

MONDAY (Day 5 of Lent)

Matthew 25: 40 calls for us to do for "the least of these." Congressman John Lewis fought his entire life for "the least of these." He worked tirelessly in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960's and 70's. He once said, "Inside every human soul is the spark of the Divine." For today reflect on the following question: In whom do you see the spark of the Divine?


Loving God,
you call us to see You in everyone we meet;
those who are close and easy to know; 
as well as those who we too often ignore - 
the needy, the helpless, the unloved.
I feel your call deep in my heart
and I know you want me to "do for the least."
Please, Lord,
give me the spirit to live those words of Jesus.
Make my journey with you this Lent
one of grace, forgiveness and gentle love.
A journey that will make you proud of me. 

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TUESDAY (Day 6 of Lent)

Doesn't it always happen...just when things are going well...something comes in and turns over the applecart. How do we deal with disappointment, tragedy, loss? How do we remain calm amid all the turmoil? Know that Jesus is there, he hears our cries, and he rescues us. We just need to open our eyes, our hearts, our souls and welcome Him in.


Lord,  
Too often I fear when I can't see You
or notice a sign of Your presence, I give up
I say to myself that You are not there.
Lift my spirit o Lord
May I wake every morning this Lent
Knowing You are there
to walk through my day with me
Joyful when things are well
Comforting when sadness prevails
Forgiving when I stumble
Loving Always. Amen

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WEDNESDAY (Day 7 of Lent)

A healthy faith includes doubt. To often, we expect our faith to be perfect, to be unwavering. It's the striving, the struggle; our faith get's stronger the more we practice, the more we call out to God to be with us. As the old saying goes, "Fall down seven; get up eight. Failure is not falling down, failure is not getting up."


Dear Lord,
I know you receive what is in my heart.
Let me be inspired by your words
and by the actions of your son, Jesus.
Guide me to make sacrifices this Lent
in the spirit of self-denial
and with greater attention to you
and to those around me.
Help me to believe that you will grant me this
because of the sacrifice Jesus made for me.

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THURSDAY (Day 8 of Lent)


We live in a culture that is built on wanting more. We all feel a gnawing anxiety when we want what we don't have, a constant questioning of God's love and provision. But, Scripture reminds us that if we follow Jesus, we can let go of the anxiety. In Him, we know all shall be well. Rest and be content. Don't be like the man who fell off the side of the cliff, and has he was dangling waiting to be rescued he heard the voice of God, "Let go! I will save you." And the man screamed back, "Is there anyone else up there?"


Loving, merciful, compassionate God,
I so long to completely let go
To give it all to You
But, I hold back, I doubt
In my Lenten journey let me feel Your calm
Let me know Your word
Let me listen, and know You are my God. Amen

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FRIDAY (Day 9 of Lent)

During Lent, I always think about the two thieves who were crucified with Jesus. The one who mocked Jesus, and the other who begged to be with Jesus. This Lent, which thief are we most like? We must always be looking for ways to move toward God, and ways to walk with God, without making excuses.


Oh my Jesus,
As I travel this Lent toward Calvary
Toward You, toward a life with You
I know that I will stumble
Forgive me, pick me up, set me straight.

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SATURDAY (Day 10 of Lent)

As Jesus was dying on the cross - for us, by the way - he said, "Forgive them, Father, for they know not what they do." I have always thought that the two hardest thing in the world to do was to:
  • ...to ask for forgiveness when we have done something gravely wrong
and the second, equally as hard,

  • to forgive someone who has deeply hurt us
Is there someone who needs your forgiveness? Is there someone that you must ask for them to forgive?


My God, My God
You instructed to forgive
not just seven times, but seven times seven times.
Your forgiveness is everlasting
All we need do is ask...and mean it
Be truly sorry! Amen

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LENTEN NOTE:
Have you ever wondered about some of our Lenten practices and observances? Well, if you click the link below, James Akin of EWTN gives a fairly complete rundown on the why's and the wherefore's: