ALL OF LENT is a lesson in giving up pieces of ourselves. … The closer we wish to come to God, the more of our carefully constructed selves we must relinquish. We have to give up our illusions, our defenses, any selfish personal goals, our carefully designed sense of who we are supposed to be and what we are supposed to do. This sounds terrible, and it can be painful. However, as we give up these areas, we open ourselves, and God enters more fully.
– Sarah Parsons
A Clearing Season: Reflections for Lent
From pages 84-85 of A Clearing Season: Reflections for Lent by Sarah Parsons. Copyright © 2005 by Sarah Parsons. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
Have you been lead to give something up of yourself to make more room for God this Lenten season? Share your thoughts.
Yet whatever gains I had, these I have come to regard as loss because of Christ.
Philippians 3:7, NRSV
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