Lent ’06

Lent 06: Day 12

I just finished the draft submission of my first project. I haven’t worked that hard in years, but it is just the beginning. That is one course partway done, seven more to go. I have never been afraid of hard work. So, when I first started thinking about how hard it is to create the…

Lent 06: Day 11

I got an interesting question/statement from my friend Paul O’Rear. It’s one thing to look up in the dictionary for what prayer is, and another thing to hear from our contemporary church what prayer is, but what is it that God actually desires of us from prayer? Where do we look for ‘the real meaning…

Lent 06: Day 10-S

The Second Sunday of Lent and our second respit from the discipline of Lent. I usually try to relax on Sundays, use it as a real day of rest, especially now that I am working long hours trying to meet difficult deadlines, but it is hard when you have a mind that is always trying…

Lent 06: Day 10

In the books I have read on prayer over the years, the thing that seems to be missing is the fact that prayer is really hard work. Most of the books focus on the spiritual and intellectual aspects of prayer and lay most of the problems at spiritual weakness and lack of commitment. Some even…

Lent 06: Day 9

Dear God. Regular, consistent, prayer is hard. I would find it hard to talk at length with anyone every day. I am not sure why, but as I look back at my life I find this to be true. It is easier when there is something interesting to discuss, since the give and take of…

Lent 06: Day 8

I am still thinking about my lack of disciplined prayer. I am not saying I don’t pray, but it is far from a discipline. There are 209 occurances of the forms of the word pray in the King James Old Testament, and 159 in the New Testament. That is a bit unbalanced, since the OT…

Lent 06: Day 6

The problem with being tired is that you fall back on patterns, the easy ruts of life that take the least energy to navigate. I guess you could say it is a way to find out some things about yourself. I am reminded of Jesus’ disciples in the garden, falling asleep while their Lord struggled…

Lent 06: Day 5

Today begins the first full week of Lent. It also begins the crush to get out the first training manual for my new job. In an effort to deal with my first experience with moderately high blood pressure I have begun to ride our recumbent bike. Beginning this weekend, I don’t watch television unless I…

Lent 06: Day Four-S

Today is the First Sunday of Lent. As I noted yesterday, Sundays are not part of the Lenten observance, but respites from the effort. There are some changes for Sundays in Lent: no alleluias, a focus on repentance and confession at the beginning of the service, and in general a more subdued tone, but I…

Lent 06: Day Four

Today is Saturday and the first weekend in Lent is here. During Lent the weekend is split, with Saturday still being part of Lent, while Sunday is technically a day off from your Lenten observance. Earlier in the Church, Sunday was the only day of the week you didn’t have to fast or semi-fast. Saturday,…