So it is lent. Where Christians all over the world trace the story of Jesus as he walks towards death and resurection.
Lent is this huge thing isn't it? The penitance, Oh Aren't I sinner, let me give some thing up to show how sorry I am.
It seems so destructive doesn't. And I suppose we all have to die a bit, become Little Christs as the lovely Ann of www.aholyexperience.com puts it.
I believe God is love. A loving God surely doesn't want miserable children? In my practice of Lent I try and take something up, as the old stories reveal to me again something of the nature of Christ.
Christ in his journey to the cross shows faithfulness to God's will, even when it's hard. He shows love and mercy, even while he is on the cross.
So again, I'm going to try taking up prayer for Lent, being faithful to something daily. I will try doubly hard to walk humbly show love and mercy.
I abandon myself into your hands.
Do with me whatever you will.
Whatever you may do I thank you.
I am ready for all, I accept all.
Let only your will be done in me and all your creatures.
I wish no more than this, O Lord.
Into your hands I commend my soul.
I offer it to you with all the love of my heart.
For I love you Lord and so need to give myself,
surrender myself into your hands without
reserve and with boundless confidence
for you are my Father.