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This week: Open
Despite the challenges of the day, part of me is still sitting quietly in last night’s Ash Wednesday service. The candles flicker their soft glow against the stained glass windows darkened with dusk. Our names are read one by one. With reverence – as they and the transgressions we confess are laid before the throne of grace and consumed in the intensity of the fire. Flames dance off the hammered copper bowl. Burnt paper and a slight hint of incense perfumes the air.
I love the purity of the fire.
I am astonished at how much this moves me.
It always moves me, but tonight is different.
Is this, Lord, what it feels like to bend low and allow my heart to break with the things that break yours?
I wonder if I am seeing anew. Hearing anew. Taking that brave risk into vulnerability to believe and choose and step into sacrifice.
Lord, let me be open to all those things.
Let my eyes be opened to see you fully. May I see the needs in the world around me and respond with the compassion that flows from your heart. Let me see even the little things – the ones that seem slight, trivial, not worth a mention. Sometimes it is the little things.
Let my ears be open to hear your Word. Your Word and the words of others who seek you. As I come with deliberate intention into this time of meditation. Let me hear.
Most of all, let my heart be open. Let the hard walls I keep wrapped around me soften in the warmth of your love. Allow me to let the floodgates open. Allow me to blow open the windows of my heart to receive the fresh air of your spirit.
Lord, let me be open.
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