Less is more this Lent.

March 12, 2011

“These are indeed the outskirts of His ways; and how small a whisper do we hear of Him!”

Job 26:14

Dear reader, you may have noticed that I haven’t posted for rather a long time. Tiredness and then other spiritual pursuits were the reasons at first, but now I find myself uninspired to start up again.

It is Lent, and that’s important to me. It’s the season that prepares me for rejoicing in the wonder and hope of the resurrection. I try to take it seriously. It is a time to turn back to God before we contemplate that greatest love of all (and not the Whitney Houston version).

And this year I feel I need to do less jibber-jabbering and more listening. I need to reduce my wordiness so that I may hear God’s whisper (see quotation above).

So blogging as usual doesn’t seem very appropriate. Nor does attempting to read 3 psalms or 6 chapters of Jeremiah in one sitting. This blog has kept me a bit too much in my head and I’d rather be focussing on my heart.

So instead of following ‘the plan’ I’ll be meditating on very short passages of scripture (probably the same one over a matter of days, whichever I feel moved to choose) using the lectio divina prayer technique. If it’s appropriate, I might share a few sentences of what I’ve reflected on with you here.

I’ll also be praying the examen (a prayer that helps us review the day with God) at night time, but that one’s between me and God. I’m not a reveal-all-on-the-internet kind of a girl.

What are you doing/not doing for Lent? I suppose some of you don’t pay much attention to the liturgical seasons, but I find the more I invest in them the more they help me shape my life around God.

Fasting or feasting, may the Lord be with you.


One Response to “Less is more this Lent.”

  1. Fay said

    Hi Aileen,

    I am giving up sugar and bread for Lent. Both are unhealthy habits/addictions of mine. Somehow in the refective time of Lent I can let go of these habits with relative ease. When I do experience a craving it becomes a useful reminder of God’s presence and support in my life. Thank you for pointing me to the examen. with love Fay

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