“Jesus is a very interesting person. His words are full of wisdom. His presence is heart warming. His gentleness and kindness are deeply moving. His message is very challenging. But do we invite him into our home? Do we want him to come to know us behind the walls of our most intimate life? Do we want to introduce him to all of the people we live with? Do we want him to see us in our everyday lives? Do we want him to touch us where we are most vulnerable? Do we want him to enter into the back rooms of our homes, rooms that we ourselves prefer to keep safely locked? Do we truly want him to stay with us when it is nearly evening and the day is almost over?”
Henri J.M. Nouwen
Enter into my home, dear Lord Jesus. I give myself to you.
I read this Lenten reflection this morning and it gave me cause to ponder, so I wanted to share it with you. If you have not done so already, consider making Jesus the King of your heart and of your home this lent. Nothing can make as profound a change in your life as this. Invite Him in, and don’t be afraid to let go! Trust in the Lord with all your heart!! Proverbs 3:5
I know that many of you are experiencing extreme cold and blizzard-like conditions. If you can’t make it out to church to participate in the stations of the cross, I came across this neat idea: Light 14 tealights. As you pray the stations, extinguish a candle representing the station. By the time you get to “burying Jesus in the tomb,” the last candle will have been extinguished and you will be in darkness. This is a great visual for children.
Also, a neat, easy thing to add to your Lenten observances is stopping what you are doing at 3 p.m. everyday for one 60 seconds of stillness and silence. This is easy to do almost anywhere, and serves as a daily reminder of the sacrifice Jesus made for our sins. You can add a simple prayer to say in that moment of silence like, “Lord Jesus crucified, have mercy on me!”
Have a blessed day. Try to stay warm!