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Spiritual Spring Cleaning

Today’s Reflection

LENT IS A SPIRITUAL “spring cleaning”: we enter the inner places where we are stuck or muddled, and we clear away the clutter so that God moves a little more freely through us. …

When we look at ourselves deeply and honestly, we all meet our own demons. In this work, we first find ourselves alone and exposed to the inner elements: our vices, our confusion, feelings we’d prefer to mute. And this is the way it must be; to explore and heal ourselves, we must meet ourselves head one, alone, in what may feel like a very wild place.

Open your heart and mind to your entire self — both good and bad — and quietly name what you find there. And remember that you are not alone in this work. God goes with you, moving gently and compassionately through your inner world, guiding and nurturing your Lenten journey.

Alive Now, March/April 2012

From page 34 of Alive Now, March/April 2012. Copyright © 2012 by The Upper Room. All rights reserved. Used by permission. Originally published in The Upper Room Seasonal Reflections. Copyright © 2004 by The Upper Room. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

What have you found in your mind and heart during this season of Lent? Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

Jesus said, “Leave her alone. She bought it so that she might keep it for the day of my burial. You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me.”

John 12:7-8, NRSV

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This week we remember: Harriet Tubman (March 10).

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  • Mary Ng Shwu Ling March 13, 2016, 12:36 am

    I have found renewal in my mind and heart.

    Grant me O God, a beautiful mind and heart that glorifies you.

    May all experience the joy of drawing near to God!

  • Lou March 13, 2016, 3:12 am

    Thank you all for your prayers and insight.
    Blessing to all – we are not alone.
    Continued prayers for all who seek to know you Lord. Amen

  • Jill March 13, 2016, 4:53 am

    I have found evidence of healing. I also recognize things that have my fingerprints on them – things I need to leave to the sure hands of my Father. Yes, Steve – likely my fingerprints as I have tried to grip them too hard. The healing comes as He gently removes my grip. Father – yet again, I give it back to You. I trust You – forgive me and help me in my unbelief.
    Grateful to return to church today – have missed the last two weeks while traveling. While the traveling was good, I have missed my routine and have felt a bit out of sorts. Grateful for continued unseasonably warm weather – so good to take a walk without a jacket, and to see the early spring flowers debuting. Grateful for my Father’s patience.

  • robert moeller March 13, 2016, 5:56 am

    Our way of counting time has sprung ahead an hour, it feels better to get up at 6:08 instead of 5:08. Thank You, Lord, that I can get up.

    Yes, Lent certainly is spiritual spring cleaning. I think of the scripture that says, “If we think we have no sin, we do not tell the truth, but if we confess it to God, we are forgiven.” Thank You, Lord, that we can be and are forgiven.

    I feel like I struggle to stay close to God, too easily I wander, thankfully not too far before I recognize my wandering and turn back to the path that leads in the right direction.

    So grateful for the ability to read yesterday’s posts before beginning today’s reflection. Thankful for all the comments that aid in spiritual development.

    Thankful for Anneliese’s progress as she took a longer walk yesterday, that Erich after many years can taste his grandmother’s cookies again as he bakes them himself. Thankful to be able to work outdoors cleaning up the yard.

    Pray for the resolution of a long term issue that will enable great progress in Erich’s life. Thankful that smaller issues have been resolved. Lord, that we can always come to You with our cares, concerns, anxiety, and worries and be greeted by open welcoming arms is truly a blessing. Thank You, Lord.

  • Sara March 13, 2016, 8:25 am

    I want to accept and love the life God has given me. Even if situations aren’t always the way I would prefer I want to accept and be thankful that God’s loving spirit is within and around me and my loved ones. Thank you God for Your faithfulness.

    Blessings today to all visiting the UR – God is present!

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