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Lenten Meditations

Lenten Reflections

Ash Wednesday
ENLIGHTENED BY THE FATHER
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me. (Psalm 51:10)
Gracious God, open me to recognize your thirst to love me. Inspire me to love those you’ve given to me. (Henri J.M. Nouwen)

Feb 20
JUST RETURN-AGAIN
Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity…(Psalm 5:20)
Draw me into boundless embrace, O loving Creator. Thank you for such overwhelming acceptance. (Henri J.M. Nouwen)

Feb 27
NO FEAR OF THE FATHER
But I trust in you, O Lord. (Psalm 31:14)
In you, O Lord, I trust. In you, I let go of my fears. (Henri J.M. Nouwen)

March 6
HEADING FOR HOME
Take care and watch yourselves closely, so as neither to forget the things that your eyes have seen nor let them slip from your mind…(Deuteronomy 4:9)
May I always remember, Lord, that I am your child. (Henri J.M. Nouwen)

March 13
GIFT OF SPIRIT
Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. (John 14:23)
O Breath of the Holy Spirit at home in my soul, inspire me to visit you in the chapel of my heart. Let me recognize your image in those I’m called to love and serve. (Henri J.M. Nouwen)

March 20
FATHER WANTS TO GIVE
Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. (Luke 6:38)
Lord, open the floodgates of my heart. Instruct me beyond my fear to mercy. (Henri J.M. Nouwen)

March 27
GRACE TO FORGIVE
I am not asking you to take them out of the world, but I ask you to protect them from the evil one. (John 17:15)
Lord, help me to forgive those who have wounded me. Help me to remember they are limited people with a limited capacity to love, just like me. (Henri J.M. Nouwen)