Prayer of Intention
“I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, in God’s Word I hope; My soul waits for the Lord more than those who watch for the morning, more than those who watch for the morning.” Ps 130:5,6
As we go forth on our Lenten journey, do not be surprised if we run into a roadblock. Life is like that. We start on a certain path and run into construction on the street. We send a message on our computer and receive a message that there is no such address or unknown recipient.
Our roadblock on our spiritual journey may be as frustrating as these examples but perhaps the detour we need to take is an opportunity to wait for the Holy. We must wait…wait for and in the Lord.
Waiting gives us gifts. It allows us to focus on the present moment; What is happening now, asking what is there right here, in front of me, that I can enjoy or care for? Are there poems in the brain that I haven’t written down, a note I have delayed sending, a book unread?
That roadblock to my well-intentioned goal or sacrifice for Lent may direct me to others that I often miss because I zoom through my agenda too quickly. When I meet unending numbers of caregivers in the doctor’s office with unending questions, so many that seem the same, how do I respond to them? Do I smile and patiently respond…again… or do I get sharp with my answers and tightened my jaw and shoulders? When in a long line in the grocery store and the register freezes up, am I compassionate for the one who, embarrassingly is attempting to resolve the problem? Do I smile assuredly?
Perhaps my Lenten journey is a place of waiting, a place of looking closely, of listening deeply, and opening myself up to how the Holy One will appear and use me. How about you? Will you make your prayer intention this Lent to be available to the Holy One to use you…? perhaps to practice waiting?
Have a blessed Lenten journey.
Lori Koonce, CLM