First Week of Lent: One Beggar Sharing Bread With Another.
The Lenten season is a great leveler, a holy intervention.
We now journey through the ‘desert of our soul’ preparing for Spiritual Awakening, Sacred Soul Renewal. Our destination is the joyful season of Spiritual Springtime. Discovering Christ’s new life in us – beauty for our brokenness. So we venture into
During this first part of the journey, we have the opportunity for reflection, self-examination. Confessing. Repenting.
We face up to our real human condition of temptations, half-truths, burdens, false- self, brokenness and languishing.
There are so many ways in which we have wilted, strayed and become distant from God.
So, we come before the Lord, vulnerable and honest, humbly asking Him to awaken us to what our lives really look like. We admit our deep need for His cleansing, healing, restoration and renewal of heart.
Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a right spirit within me.
We Journey Together as Beggars
Christianity is one beggar telling another beggar where he found bread.
– T.D. Jakes
At Lent, we are especially aware of our ‘beggarliness’, poverty of spirit. We are all desperate for God in some way. It is when we recognize we are spiritually hungry that we are most in need of the bread of life.
We need our sight restored, our wounds healed and our bowls filled.
Lest we forget, or think more highly of ourselves, the practices of lent lead us in this kind of humility, one beggar sharing bread with another beggar. We are reminded that:
- I come broken to be mended, I come wounded to be healed
- I come desperate to be rescued, I come empty to be filled
- I come guilty to be pardoned by the blood of Christ the lamb.
- I come Just As I Am.
We see more clearly now the state of our heart and soul, our desperate need. Accumulated results of our choices and habits, the constraints of daily mundane living keep us unaware, holding us back.
Blessed are the poor in Spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.
We begin to understand what drives our life, how we have become comfortable with our messes, the junk hidden in the closets of our soul, our wanderings, automatic old ways and distance from God.
God reaches out to us during Lent, leading us once again to the way of His Son. Softening and purifying our humble hearts, He shows us that we are worthy of His love.
We don’t have to hide, to pretend, to numb.
With small surrenders, we choose life, embracing His compassion, love and forgiveness. It gives us the courage to live out our true self, live fully alive.
We pursue spiritual awakening, turning away from spiritual carelessness.
Praying for the virtue of love instead of lust, temperance for gluttony, charity for greed, diligence for sloth, patience for anger, kindness for envy, humility for pride.
40 Days of Gratitude and appreciation releases forgiveness, contentment, bringing alive all that is good, the fullness of life.
Gratitude turns what we have into more than enough.
This is the bread of life I share, nourishing us, making us beautiful.
Question: How do you sense the Lord leading you as you set out on the Lent journey?
You may want to read previous blogs on my encounter with a homeless man.