“We do not think ourselves into new ways of living, we live ourselves into new ways of thinking.”
― Richard Rohr
- What must you do today to live into your new way of thinking?
- Do you believe that God can change your way of thinking?
- Are you brave enough to ask Him to do so?
“Silence is the mother of the Spirit. It births in us the cloister of the heart.”
—Joan Chittister OSB
In our busy and crowded lives we all long for a cloister from the pressure of the world around us. It is in inward silence we find that cloister.
Methodist founder John Wesley fasted two times a week . His fasts were simply and easy to understand. As we come to the close of Lent we may want to participate in a t least one fast. let me suggest this one. It works this way:
- Eat a good evening meal at whatever time is convenient to you.
- Abstain from all foods until mid-afternoon the next day.
- Continue to drink liquids at all times.
- Pray at your normal breakfast and lunch times.
- Break your fast with at time of celebration with family or friends.
At St. Luke’s United Methodist Church we are suggesting that you observe the fast on March 30-31 broken by a High Tea gathering at 4:30 pm on Saturday.
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Christ Jesus, even when we can feel nothing of your presence, you are always there. Your Holy Spirit remains continually active in us, opening little ways forward to escape from our dead ends and to move towards the essential of faith, of trust.
“It is great wisdom to know how to be silent and to look at neither the remarks, nor the deeds, nor the lives of others.”
–St. John of the Cross
What great wisdom we can all gain by living our lives with the goal of personal holiness. It is neither our calling or ability to “take on the world”. It is our calling to seek a closer unity with God,our creator.
A few questions for this point in Lent.
- Has your prayer life”ramped up” this season?
- Have you participated in almsgiving?
- Have you fasted?
- Is Lent any different than any other time of the year?
“If there is anywhere on earth a lover of God who is always kept safe, I know nothing of it, for it was not shown to me. But this was shown: that in falling and rising again we are always kept in that same precious love.”
–Julian of Norwich
Julian gives us courage here to know that God is with us in our failures. It is a great peace to know that our Lord will pick us up when we fail. He uses these failures to strengthen and even sustain us.
“If you are silent, you will have peace wherever you live.”
–Abba Poeman of Egypt
Give this a try. It really works!
A Morning Prayer
My Lord God,
I have no idea where I am going.
I do not see the road ahead of me.
I cannot know for certain where it will end.
Nor do I really know myself,
and the fact that I think that I am following your will
does not mean that I am actually doing so.
But I believe that the desire to please you
does in fact please you.
And I hope I have that desire in all I am doing.
I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire.
And I know that if I do this,
You will lead me by the right road.
Though I may know nothing about it.
Therefore will I trust you always
though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death.
I will not fear, for you are ever with me.
And you will never leave me to face my struggles alone.
– Thomas Merton
“The truth that many people never understand, until it is too late, is that the more you try to avoid suffering the more you suffer because smaller and more insignificant things begin to torture you in proportion to your fear of being hurt”
Many of the problems we face each day are the result of preconceived notions of what we deserve. The challenge for today is to live out the day as though God wants the very best for us. I know that he does.