1 Have mercy on me, God, according to your faithful love! Wipe away my wrongdoings according to your great compassion!
10 Create a clean heart for me, God; put a new, faithful spirit deep inside me!
11 Please don’t throw me out of your presence; please don’t take your holy spirit away from me. Psalm 51:1, 10-11
Are you keeping a Holy Lent? We began our Lenten journey February 26th with an Ash Wednesday service. Lent is a time to draw closer to God and to practice spiritual disciplines that draw you closer. This could be something you add or something you “give up” for Lent.
I have added prayer in the early morning, before I even get out of bed. Usually, coffee is the first thing on my mind when I wake up. Coffee, how quickly can it be ready? Coffee, has Jim made the coffee? Coffee, hmmmm, do I smell coffee? As you can see, I love my coffee.
To be honest, prayer has been at least the second thing I think of, because, I’m still sometimes thinking of coffee first. Then I remember, oh yes, I am to be praying first. So I begin to pray. I thank God for another day, I ask God to be with those facing surgery, or struggling with illness or pain, those who are grieving. I ask God for guidance with problems and for God’s vision when the way seems unclear. To be truthful, sometimes I fall back asleep. But isn’t that a wonderful way to fall asleep, with prayers on your lips?
I hope and pray that you are keeping a Holy Lent, with prayers on your heart and on your lips. Check out our Facebook live prayer posting, on the church page, at noon on Tuesdays. I hope you choose to join a study group. I hope to see you on Sunday morning when we can praise God, lift our voices in song and share the joy that is Christian fellowship.