I read these words from the prayer book on Ash Wednesday at the Next Door Shelter on Polk Street and I repeat them here to invite you to enter a time of self-reflection in the forty days leading up to Easter. In this age of interminable access through electronic communication, are you able to unplug for a few minutes each day to reconnect with God and with yourself? The Christian walk is all about training the heart to follow Jesus' example and teaching. But we don't have to go it alone. Check in with God on a daily basis and surrender your life to God's will. This is all that is required for transformation to occur.
Perhaps you have a morning ritual that you practice before you start your day. Some of my favorite Lenten companions for a quiet morning reflection are Martin Smith's "A Season for the Spirit: Readings for the Days of Lent," "Lent and Easter Wisdom from Henri J. M. Nouwen," and "Wondrous Encounters, Scriptures for Lent," by Richard Rohr. A new favorite resource of mine is the "Pray As You Go" app for smartphones. Each day there is sacred music, a Scripture reading, and a guided reflection on the passage.
Here at Trinity†St. Peter's we are reading a book for Lent that challenges us to move our attention away from the shifting sands of traditional mainline Christianity to embrace a new vision. "The Rebirthing of God: Christianity's Struggles for New Beginnings," by John Philip Newell is rooted in ancient Celtic Christianity yet it addresses realities that are immediate to us. In particular, care and advocacy for the environment and our relationship with the multiplicity of faith traditions in our globalized society are addressed. The Celtic love of the natural world and prioritizing of praxis above dogma lead us to new insights that can help us to find God in confusing times.
---Faithfully, Pastor Trish+