More food for thought on our Lenten journey:
Lent promises to introduce us once again to God and God's great love for us in Christ. In and through that love, we come to know ourselves again and feel restored. When we have emerged from the desert of Lent, we can then bring this restored self in Christ back to the ordinariness of our days, pouring some of his living water on those who feel they are stumbling through an arid time.
Then, the ordinariness of family, work, and social commitments does not remain in the category of "more of the same." Rather, these ordinary moments take on a transcendent quality that reaches from a simple talk with a spouse on the back porch or a game of catch with the kids, to the grounding of those events inthe ever-present and saving love of Christ.
From such a consciousness, we will begin to truly thirst for moral goodness. No longer will moral living appear as simply an "ought." Moral conversion and living will become the desire of our hearts. - James Keating, Crossing the Desert: Lent and Conversion, 29.
Happy Valentine's Day!
The Rev. Linda McCloud
The Episcopal Church of Our Savior at Honey Creek
Photo: My adoption of "Thaddaeus"
from Suzie's Friends, Homerville, Georgia
Labor Day 2007