As Episcopalians, we are called during the season of Lent to the disciplines of “self-examination and repentance; prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and reading and meditating on God’s holy Word” (Book of Common Prayer, p. 265). This is an opportunity not to beat ourselves up or to feel bad, but rather to take time to observe, perhaps more carefully, what IS going on with me? With my soul? With my relationships with others, with God, and with myself? Celtic poet John O’Donohue offers the following questions as a way to pray and meditate on these matters—to shine a light through the window of your soul. Perhaps you will choose 2 or 3 of them to use as part of your Lenten prayers, or a meditation while walking in this “almost spring” beauty, or as an end of the day reflection.
Where did my eyes linger today?
Where was I blind?
What did I learn today?
What new thoughts visited me?
What differences did I notice in those closest to me?
Whom did I neglect?
Where did I neglect myself?
What did I begin today that might endure?
How were my conversations?
What did I do today for the poor and the excluded?
Where could I have exposed myself to the risk of something different?
Where did I allow myself to receive love?
With whom today did I feel most myself?
Why was I given this day?
(excerpts from At the End of the Day: A Mirror of Questions, John O’Donohue)
Peace and blessings in this holy season of Lent,
March 1, 2018 reflection