Ash Wednesday 2007
"If today you hear God's voice, harden not your hearts"
"Even now, says the Lord, return to me with all your heart
rend your hearts not your garments
Return to the Lord, your God, for he is gracious and merciful,
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
"See now is the acceptable time; see now is the day of salvation!"
2 Cor: 6:2
When you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face,
so that you may be seen not by others
but by your Father who is in secret;
and your Father who sees in secret will reward you."
How I dislike acknowledging my sinfulness and my need for conversion. Yet all Scripture talks about is a gracious God who lovingly waits for me to but turn my heart again in his direction.
Lord, seer of hearts, come into my heart this Lent, teach me to pray anew in you, that I may see and accept what I must do in order serve you more freely, to love you in myself and in others. May this Lent be a joyful journey of prayer, penance, and renewal in my relationship with you.