As we journey through Lent, we have a perfect opportunity to take a look at the busyness of our life and the ways in which we manage our time.
When we look at our day, how much of it is actually filled with things we MUST do? How much time do we spend spinning our wheels, avoiding doing something on the list we dislike, visiting facebook for a distraction… we spend a lot of time feeling like we are busy when we actually aren’t being very productive, or even enjoying ourselves.
I am so good at this. I once got a book out of the library entitled “Creative Procrastination” and by the time I got it back to the library it was very overdue. I know that I have gotten better with practise and more focus, but some days, well, it is hard to get down to doing anything.
Lent shines a spotlight on the way in which we value our time. Our life is a gift. Our time is a gift. Enjoying our time is one thing – wasting it is quite another.
When you think on it, what is the highest priority of your day? I don’t mean that morning cup of coffee. (Although I understand the necessity it can be.) When you take a moment to examine your thoughts and feelings, what (or who) is the number one priority of your day?
Did you list prayer as a priority?
People tell me all the time that they haven’t got time in the day to pray or meditate. I know they mean this sincerely, as a measure of how busy they feel. But at the risk of sounding like a nagging mom, really, you haven’t got five minutes in the day to turn your thoughts to our loving Creator and give thanks? You haven’t a few minutes out of your entire day to offer prayers for your loved ones, those in need or your own concerns?
Of course you do.
So, the question becomes, “Why don’t you take a few minutes daily to offer prayers and thanksgiving to the One who gives you everything?”
That is a good place to spend some Lenten reflection time with your journal. Why isn’t prayer a priority? What is the block? What prevents you from offering a shout out to the One who loves you best?
Okay — I know many of you do take the time to offer daily prayers. So for your reflection: What do you need to do to deepen your relationship to Creator? How have your prayers been answered? Much to reflect upon there, I would think.
Journalling is a wonderful way to keep track of answered prayer, which can provide hope and reassurance when we feel our prayers may be going in to the great vacuum.
Prayer is like air and food to us. When we take time to connect with the Source of All, we receive a grace and a groundedness that will see us though the day more easily. As the saying goes, “A day hemmed in prayer is less likely to unravel.”
So, my prayer for today is that we will make time in our day to reach out to the One who knows our hearts and our needs. May you feel the love of God enfold you and inspire you and lift you in all your activities of this day.
Five minutes will make a huge difference in your day. Try it and see.
Here’s one to get you started:
Gracious and loving Creator, I give thanks for this day and all the blessings that I receive through your Divine love. Open my eyes and my heart to experience your presence in my life more fully. Help me to hold as precious the time that I have here on this beautiful earth.
I give thanks for the people who love me and whom I love. I give thanks for the many ways in which I can express my gifts and enjoy this life. I ask that this day I be given all that I need to fully appreciate the joy and beauty around me and the wisdom to master the lessons unfolding.
I offer to you those who need your protection, assistance and healing grace especially…… I pray for all those who are facing challenges, difficulties, danger, fears and hopelessness. Send your holy angels to assist and bring relief and help to all.
Guide me and guard me, enfold me in your Love. May that Love move in me and through me that I may be a blessing, even as I am blessed.
In your holy name I pray. Amen.
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