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Maggi's Musings - March 2014
An Ordinary Lent
Lent begins with a joint Ash Wednesday worship service at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church on March 5 at 7:00 pm. Our Lenten journey starts with the ashes of death and leads to the resurrected life celebrated on Easter Day. The six-week journey of Lent is a time to turn around, to change directions, to repent. It is a opportunity for us to prepare for the mystery and joy of Resurrection by taking on a new discipline that empowers us to be witnesses of Christ’s healing and new life… or by letting go of an old habit that gets in the way of fully following the Risen One.
This year I am *not* going to make half- hearted vows, over-ambitious vows to undertake or give up something grand, vows that inevitably seem to last only a week or so. This year I am simply going to seek to add five minutes to my daily prayer – five more minutes to reflect or simply to be quiet. If I do this three times in my week, I will be thrilled. And, if I am able to do more, I will count it as a blessing. In this very small thing I hope to find the “holy in the ordinary” – as Ann Weems calls it.
Won’t you join me on a journey through an “ordinary” Lent?
The Holy in the Ordinary
by Ann Weems
Holy is the time and holy is this place,
and there are holy things that must be said.
Let us say to one another what our souls whisper…
O Holy One, cast your tent among us;
come into our ordinary lives
and bless the living!
Forty days stretch before us,
forty days of hungering after faithfulness,
forty days of trying
to understand the story,
and then, Holy Week…
O God, if every week were holy…
These forty days stretch before us,
and those of who believe
yearn to feel Your presence,
yearn to be Your people;
and yet, the days fill with ordinary things
with no time left
for seeking the holy.
Spiritual contemplation is all right
for those who have the time,
but most of us have to make a living.
Most of us have to liven the real world
where profanity splashes and blots out
Where, O Holy One,
can we find You in this unholy mess?
How, O God,
can we find the holy in the ordinary?