The Sundays in Lent are not counted in the 40 days of Lent. On the Sundays in Lent we share words of blessing. Be blessed ~Fr. Dan
Deep Peace is today’s blessing:
Blessings of words and music this day.
Beauty is all around us. Slow down. Enjoy. Give thanks.
We give you thanks, most gracious God, for the beauty of earth and sky and sea; for the richness of mountains, plains, and rivers; for the songs of birds and the loveliness of flowers. We praise you for these good gifts, and pray that we may safeguard them for our posterity. Grant that we may continue to grow in our grateful enjoyment of your abundant creation, to the honor and glory of your Name, now and for ever. Amen.
The Book of Common Prayer, 840
Enjoy the beauty of creation. As you do, give thanks, and do what you can to “safeguard [this beauty] for our posterity.” ~Fr, Dan
One woman’s experiences of writing a letter to God.
The activity for the first week: write a letter to God.
“Slowly writing out our words of love for another person can be a meditative practice that connects us in a deep way. This week, spend some time hand-writing a letter to God. What would you say? How might you express your love for God in words?”
Here is one response to the activity, posted today (3/4/17). Hannah Tadros was asked to share her experience with the activity of writing a letter to God (described above). May her experience (of writing four letters) give you encouragement in your letter-writing activity:
[The four letters] were all over the place. My reluctance, my fear, and after I sat with it a little bit my nostalgia, and kind of longing, and that feeling of missing God, and missing that intimacy that I feel like I have run away from a lot. So that’s where the exercise went for me. It went all over the place. I found many different responses in me to the thought of being God’s beloved, and I kind of put them all down and left them up to God. Read the entire response.
– Hannah Tadros
Use the “Leave a Reply” section to add your thoughts and comments. ~Fr. Dan
A quick thought in the early days of Lent …
So we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us; we entreat you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 2 Corinthians 5:20 (NRSV)
Our mission will not often be grand. It’s the little things, the small ways that we serve, a smile, a handshake, a hug, being kind to someone in customer service, especially when things aren’t going our way. Each and every day we’re acting as ambassadors of Christ…
As I write my letter to God (the activity for Week 1), I keep coming back to the sentences just quoted. Use the “Leave a Reply” section to add your thoughts and comments. ~Fr. Dan