Lenten Devotion: Wednesday, March 25

Psalm 101 Psalm 109:1-30Psalm 119:121-144Genesis 50:15-261 Corinthians 12:1-11Mark 8:11-26

Help me, O Lord my God! Save me according to your steadfast love.
Psalm 109:26

This Psalm is a graphic narrative of David’s hatred and wishful retribution of his enemies as a result of their vile action against him. Further, he petitions God to do his pay back dirty work. If only David could have dropped his hatred in silent prayer and opened the way for God’s love to fill his heart and mind.

Then it occurred to me that the idea of David learning to “delete” his mind’s content of revengeful thoughts and allow God to enter, in the final analysis, is really no different than myself learning to relinquish my everyday mundane thoughts even though they are innocuous by comparison. This is because the occurrence of thoughts, be they good, bad, beautiful, or ugly all have something in common. They are all denying space for God’s presence in my heart and soul.

For the Lenten season I shall keep in mind: To restrain my thoughts as much as I reasonably can in order to make more space for welcoming God’s presence.

And know that God’s presence will take root in the space that I humbly create.

And that it will eventually grow and blossom into more and more holy space for God’s love, kindness, gentleness, and patience.