How is your Lent going so far?
I’m just trying to be with God more during these forty days.
Our friend, Bob, gave us a copy of a thirty day guide with St. Teresa of Avila, called “Let Nothing Disturb You.” Each reflection has a thought for the day. These range from “Do not be anxious about what you are to eat or put on, but leave it to God,” to “You (God) take delight in my soul,” to “Prayer is the doorway through which God’s greatest gifts enter my soul.” Then, there’s a reflection in the evening to pray with. I feel peace as I pray: “Let nothing, O Lord, disturb the silence of this night.”
Do we allow God to envelop us in His peace?
Another element of my Lent has included singing praise songs with Glenn. Sometimes I play the guitar and other times, we open our hymnals and pick out songs. In doing this, we praise God, give thanks to Him for our blessings, and just be with Him.
One song we like is a Taize hymn that I learned in Bolivia, when I was a Salesian Lay Missionary. The words are again a prayer by St. Teresa of Avila: “Let nothing trouble you, let nothing scare you, only God is enough. Let nothing trouble you, let nothing scare you, he or she who loves God needs nothing.”
You can pray with this Youtube clip of “Nada te turbe” :
One more element of Lent has been supporting my husband, Glenn, in his St. Paul performances. I joke that I’m “Mrs. St. Paul.” I know that my role in helping Glenn is important. I also visit with audience members, pray with people, and help with practical details. Glenn is a people person but a feminine touch is always nice. In the process, I’m nourished and challenged to let God in more. We continue to give thanks to God for the gift of this ministry!
Lastly, in my substitute teaching, I was a pre-K teacher recently and had a blast! For a good portion of the half-day, the teacher lets the children move freely among stations, such as: painting, puppet shows, and more.
I sat with a girl who was too shy to speak in the group, but could sing the alphabet song with me, one-on-one. Another boy became frustrated when he couldn’t remember the letters in his name. “It’s okay,” I reassured him, “we all had to learn this at one point. You’ll get it.”
Another four year-old gave me a necklace she made with her friends in a “girls’ club.” She invited me to visit them, calling me “girlfriend” with a jaunty flip of her head.
Do we remember to stop and play?
Do we remember that we’re children and God is our beloved parent, who just wants us to be with Him each day? Playing, singing, and resting securely in His love.
I pray that the rest of your Lent is peaceful, joyful…..and fun. That you can simplify and be with God each day. And that you are enveloped in His abiding peace…..always!