For this Sunday in Lent, I would like to share a prayer offered by John O'Donohue in his book, To Bless the Space Between Us. As we walk on the journey towards Easter morning, we are offered a new beginning. Each step, each day, each sunrise, offers us a clean slate, a clean heart and a way to begin anew. Allow the words of John O'Donohue to nourish you today.
Wishing you a beautiful new beginning,
For a New Beginning
In the out-of-the-way places of the heart,
Where your thoughts never think to wander,
This beginning has been quietly forming,
Waiting until you were ready to emerge.
For a long time it has watched your desire,
Feeling the emptiness growing inside you,
Noticing how you willed yourself on,
Still unable to leave what you had outgrown.
It watched you play with the seduction of safety
And the gray promises that sameness whispered,
Heard the waves of turmoil rise and relent,
Wondered would you always live like this.
Then the delight, when your courage kindled,
And out you stepped onto new ground,
Your eyes young again with energy and dream,
A path of plentitude opening before you.
Though your destination is not yet clear
You can trust the promise of this opening;
Unfurl yourself into the grace of beginning
This is at one with your life's desire.
Awaken your spirit to adventure;
Hold nothing back, learn to find ease in risk;
Soon you will be home in a new rhythm,
For your soul senses the world that awaits you.
2nd Sunday in Lent New Testament Reading: John 3:1-17
2nd Sunday in Lent Psalm Reading: Psalm 121
O'Donohue, John. To Bless the Space Between Us. New York: Doubleday, 2008, pg. 14.