Friday in the First Week of Lent

We have waited for Him, and He will save us: — Isaiah 25:9

 

Blest are the humble souls that wait

With sweet submission to His will;

Harmonious all their passions move,

And in the midst of storms are still.

 

This March 14 is also pi day – 3.14.  I once tried to explain to my EFM colleagues that the mystery of pi was evidence of the existence of God. I don’t think I was very persuasive.

Let’s hope I can explain the mystery of Lenten discipline better. People ask what do you hope to accomplish during Lent. The answer is, “A lot.” But the better answer might be:

  1.  We learn not to be discouraged at our own faults. We learn to bear with ourselves in correcting them, as we would with any neighbor. We’ve learned to not be so frustrated with ourselves, which only leads to further mistakes.
  2. We’ve gotten accustomed to carrying prayer into all our daily tasks.
  3. We now speak, move, and work in peace, as we would in prayer.
  4. As soon as we perceive anxiety gliding in, we retire quietly within our heart where God resides.
  5. We learn to say no and do nothing but what the Holy Spirit puts in our heart.
  6. And finally, we become more tranquil, our words become fewer and more effectual, and with less effort we do more good.

Lent and the weeks ahead present this opportunity. It is ours for the taking.

About the author

Webb Hubbell, former Associate Attorney General of The United States, is an author and speaker. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, A Game of Inches, The Eighteenth Green, and The East End are published by Beaufort Books and are available online or at your local bookstore. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps and The Eighteenth Green won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller.

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