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Let us remember, that we are in the holy presence of God.

On Wednesday, we welcome the Lenten Season to our calendar with the observance of Ash Wednesday.

While we are accustomed to fasting, prayer and abstinence during the Lenten season, I invite you to really let “it” go over the next 40 days.  We all have “its” in our lives that we desperately hold tightly with clenched fists, such as a child clinging to his or her favorite toy.  We can let go of guilt, anxieties, fears, jealousy, envy of others and all that we try to control in our lives.  Join me in having a deeper trust in God’s holy presence and allow Him to work through us this Lent.  I share the prayer below with you and I wish you a holy Lenten season.  May we all open our hearts and hands to serve others during this Lenten season and beyond and embrace the zeal of a young child in letting go during this holy season.

Dear God, 

I am so afraid to open my clenched fists! 
Who will I be when I have nothing left to hold on to? 
Who will I be when I stand before you with empty hands? 
Please help me to gradually open my hands
and to discover that I am not what I own, 
but what you want to give me. 
And what you want to give me is love—
unconditional, everlasting love.   (From Henri Nouwen)

 

Amen.

 

Live, Jesus, in our hearts, forever!