Sunday, March 6, 2011

Ash Wednesday is When??

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.      

But listening? 

Who knew I was supposed to stop and listen?

I mean, I might actually learn what He wants that way!

God Bless.


none said...

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.

Mary N. said...

Great post, Michael! Yes, I need to stop and listen more too!

Victor S E Moubarak said...

Listening ... so difficult.

Thank you Michael for the reminder.

God bless you.

the booklady said...

☺ (hugs)

Anonymous said...

Love this Michael. Lent is about him...the desert can teach us a lot, especially in the silence.

Daily Grace said...

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.