Well, Lent has gone and snuck up on me again.
I guess in the back of my head, I knew it was late this year and kept telling myself I had more time to prepare. But alas, it is now right around the corner.
So, in a panic, I decided to Google "preparing for Lent" and I came across a theme that stopped me in my tracks:
Paraphrasing my findings: Preparing for Lent means preparing to listen to what God wants to tell you during this blessed time.
I didn't realize it, but I've always viewed Lent as a one way street between me and God. Me giving stuff up to let Him know that I understand the sacrifice He made. Me doing good works to show Him that I am thankful. Me going to confession to tell Him that I am sorry.
Who knew I was supposed to stop and listen?
I mean, I might actually learn what He wants that way!
Wow yes..."listening", something we can easily forget when we're "doing" so much. I've had a similar feeling from God as I've begun to prepare for Lent. I'm trying to listen well not only to God, but to other people as well. :)
May God bless you as you open your senses and heart to His voice.
Great post, Michael! Yes, I need to stop and listen more too!
Listening ... so difficult.
Thank you Michael for the reminder.
God bless you.
Love this Michael. Lent is about him...the desert can teach us a lot, especially in the silence.
Listening, sometimes that is a little difficult, especially when I am the one that always wants to do the talking. Thank you for the reminder.
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