It has been a while since I have had the opportunity of sharing some thoughts with you in this format and I have missed that opportunity. As I sit down to write this note to you we are in the middle of the season of Lent. As many of you know I am a bit old fashioned when it comes to this season for I truly believe it should be (could be) a season when we spend some time not beating our breasts and saying woe is me, but a time for us to get in touch with what is really important in our lives. It is a time to look within ourselves, but also to look at our relationships, including our most important relationship - our relationship with our Lord. The question for me as I begin each season of Lent is, "What am I currently doing with the time that God has given me?" If I am honest with myself I usually find that God has somehow moved to the back of the line. Perhaps it has not been a conscious thought on my part, but I have allowed other things take up my time such that there is little left for God, so what am I to do?
First and foremost, I must look at my current use of time. What am I spending my time doing and do I really need to be spending it in that way? Second, I need to somehow say if I do not need to be doing such and such, then to act to discard that behavior with an accompanying commitment to fill that space with sacred time with God.
For me, I know I cannot choose to do whatever it is I am doing just anywhere. I must find a place that is a sacred place, a place where I can be with God. Your place may be at home or at work or outside; where does not matter nearly as much as that you make that place a place for you and God. I do believe it is best if the place you choose does not have another purpose.
Bottom line is - just do it. However you choose to use this opportunity please do so. I can promise that Easter morn will take on special meaning for you. Speaking of Easter morn, I cannot let this opportunity pass without urging you to put the Easter Vigil on your Easter schedule.
Your servant in Christ,