This Lent let’s not hold onto control quite so tight. This Lent let’s go deep instead of wide.
Some years we choose on Ash Wednesday to let go of something that has had a strangle hold on our life. Some days we wrestle it into submission. Other times it slams us to the ground and knocks our breath out.
What if we had a Lent where we gave God permission to shine His light into the corners and closets of our lives and do His own lovely spring cleaning. Romans says that He leads us to repentance with kindness. In repentance we’re surrendering to His vision of our lives.
What if we gave up the control over which direction our repentance would turn?
Have you ever done a nightly examen? It’s simple really. You spend a quiet moment at the end of the day and ask the Holy Spirit to shine a flashlight on that day’s events, bringing up the luminous thanksgivings, and the deep shadows.
What am I most thankful for?
What am I least thankful for?
Where was I a part of God’s Kingdom coming in?
Where have I contributed to the brokenness of the earth with my own sin?
Stop and listen, but do not fear the shame. Surrender without fear to He who is the Light. His arms are open wide for his children coming home.
Let’s dive in deep together.
Praying courage for this 40 days,