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A Lenten Garden

Today’s Reflection

IF WE PICTURE all the obstructions between us and God as a wilderness, Lent presents us with time to clear and cultivate a part of that wilderness, to create an open space in it. In this newly opened space, we may live more freely and commune more closely with the divine. We can transform this wilderness and make it our home, our garden, a place that invites God in and asks God to stay.

– Sarah Parsons
A Clearing Season: Reflections for Lent

From page 9 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.

Today’s Question

Describe your the spiritual Lenten garden you are carving out this season. Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

“Come and see a man who told me everything I have ever done! He cannot be the Messiah, can he?”

John 4:29, NRSV

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This week we remember: Patrick of Ireland (March 17).

Lectionary Readings

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  • Jill March 19, 2017, 5:47 am

    I feel that my garden had become overgrown with weeds, it had not been tended well. I had gotten lazy, and following the growing season – I had let it go to heck. Instead of doing my “Fall duties”, I neglected it and then winter came, leaves and debris overtook the weeds and I was left with an uncomfortable mess. I knew it and continued to neglect it, compounding the issue. Finally, frustrated at myself – I had to “get dirty” and re-double my efforts. It is starting to take shape, and I am clearing a place to nuzzle. The book of Psalms is so good for this. The past week I have been reading, praying and meditating with Psalm 118. I think I am going to continue with this Psalm this week. Just too good to let go of.
    Grateful for a spontaneous trip with my friend and god daughter and safety throughout. Grateful for the graciousness of others who allowed the trip to happen.

    • Rusty March 19, 2017, 6:36 am

      Thanks Jill. I’ve spent a good amount of time with Ps. 118 lately, too. For me, especially v. 8-9.

  • robert moeller March 19, 2017, 6:52 am

    Thankful for men’s communion breakfast yesterday, news that Warren came home from the hospital, a visit with his family before that happened, a plan to clean the bat problem from the attic, and painting the basement stairway walls and ceiling.

    Hopefully church and German Club today, have to check the weather.

    Blessings to all, have a wonderful Sunday in the peace of the Lord.

  • Connie March 19, 2017, 7:47 am

    Yes, Psalm 118…..v.14

  • robert moeller March 19, 2017, 8:01 am

    Looked up psalm 118: 7-8, 14. Yes, indeed. This whole psalm is powerful, very hard to pick just this or that verse.

  • Mary Ng Shwu Ling March 19, 2017, 8:43 am

    Decluttered my room today making space for a prayer corner.

    May we all have a space for the presence of God to stay!

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