Lent ’06

Lent 06: Day 21

Friday’s are interesting in our culture. TGIF (Thank God it’s Friday) is a watchword. My wife often says, “Is it Friday yet?” anticipating the weekend, the holy grail for most people. Their life is lived in anticipation of the next weekend. I can imagine,especially in ancient times, Jewish people lived in anticpation of the Sabbath,…

Lent 06: Day 20

On the way home from work this evening, something on the radio sent me momentarily down the “what if” rabbit trail. I wrote a post recently dealing with the concept of “do-overs.” It is so easy, at least for me, to fall into that trap. However, tonight when I found myself on that familiar trail,…

Lent 06: Day 19

We are approaching the half-way point in our Lenten observance and just like any other effort, this is when you go through difficult times. I find it remarkable how I have to almost drag myself to the computer because my brain is blank and I can’t think of anything to say, but once I sit…

Lent 06: Day 18

Lent is many things, some personal, since each person’s Lenten observance is shaped by their interaction with God into a unique field for our Lord to work in, and some are public or at least shared, since a portion of the Church still observes it passage. This series of meditations is mostly about the personal…

Lent 06: Day 17

If we are willing to really examine ourselves; have an honest down and dirty look at ourselves, we will invariably think we stand in the dirtiest stall with the foulest sinners to still name the name of Christ. Our lives will appear to us to be up to our knees in that which needs shoveling…

Lent 06: Day 16-S

It is Sunday and today has been a strange day. It all began last night when we celebrated a friend’s 50th birthday. In keeping with the spirit of Lent, the party began well after sundown, so by God’s accounting the dispensation of Sunday had already begun. It was a nice affair, and I took lots…

Lent 06: Day 16

It has been a long week. Work has been an intense continuing effort and my Lenten efforts are meeting with my ongoing weaknesses. I fully understand Paul’s lament in Roman’s chapter seven where he separates his will to do the good from his flesh that falls to weakness. I am also beginning to feel the…

Lent 06: Day 15

I find it interesting that St. Patrick’s Day always occurs in the midst of Lent. The day celebrates his death. Historically in Ireland, Lenten restrictions against meat were waived and people would dance, drink, and feast, especially on the traditional meal of Irish bacon and cabbage. This year was a double whammy, since St. Patrick’s…

Lent 06: Day 14

One interesting side effect of this effort at developing a more disciplined prayer life has been that I have begun to pray over my wife in the morning before we leave for work. It is not something I did before, but lately I have been laying my hands on my wife and praying for God’s…

Lent 06: Day 13

Discipline is about doing what you said you would do, even when there are many reasons or excuses not to. It is about writing this meditation each night, even though at times I would rather just go to bed. Discipline is about faithfulness and persistence. Discipline is about leaving behind the milk of the faith…