RevGal Friday Five: Mid-Lent check-in
1. Did you give up, or take on, anything special for Lent this year?
- I'm entirely too good at taking things on, and with four churches I don't need to add to the list. So I gave something up: I made a commitment to regular breathing space. My aim is to have some time, every day, for quiet contemplation-- and time behind the wheel doesn't count.
- I've had days that have stretched far too long; sometimes it's part of the job. But keeping the intention in mind has helped me to give myself permission for comp time without feeling as though I'm slacking. That's the hard part.
- I've actually had encouragement in this-- a few parishioners who are supportive and have said so. Suffice to say this is not something I take for granted.
- Simply to keep moving... and breathing. To get it all done-- Lenten programs and bulletins and newsletters and worship and pastoral care and Holy Week and Easter-- and still have some of me left to rejoice.
- In the world, I long for a spirit of generosity to overcome the effects of self-centeredness and greed which have been so prevalent in recent months. Personally, I want to be... inspired by godly joy. Lord, remember me when you come into your kingdom.
Bonus: Share a favorite scripture, prayer, poem, artwork, or musical selection that speaks Lenten spring to your heart.
This was contributed to our most recent newsletter: “In A Country Church” by Welsh poet and priest R.S. Thomas (1913-2000)
Only the wind's song, saddening the lips
Of the grave saints, rigid in glass;
Or the dry whisper of unseen wings,
Bats not angels, in the high roof.
Was he balked by silence? he kneeled long
And saw love in a dark crown
Of thorns blazing, and a winter tree
Golden with fruit of a man's body.