Coffee in the Morning by George Mendoza
Keeping A Holy Lent - 5
Good morning, good God!
This morning begins the sixth day of Lent
and I'm grateful, Lord,
for what you've been doing in my life
and for the grace to notice, to see
your hand at work...
On "Ash Thursday"
I finally did something I've been meaning to do
for several years:
I set aside a place to begin and end my days
in peace and in prayer...
It's just a corner of a small room
with a chair and a little table,
but it's a place for me to go and sit,
apart from everything and everyone else,
a place to be with you,
a place to talk with you,
a place to listen for you...
You've shown me this corner so many times
but I was always too busy to take the time,
too busy to make the time,
to make this a corner for prayer...
How much time did it take, you ask?
Well, to move a few chairs and a footstool,
to put a cross on the wall
and a candle on a table -
about 20 minutes...
It took me a couple of years, Lord,
to find 20 minutes
to set apart a place
which has already brought me much peace...
And this I've discovered, Lord:
now that I've found a place for prayer,
it's easier to find the time for prayer...
I needed a corner of my house
to make a corner of my heart
a place for us to meet...
I offer you this corner, Lord,
with thanks for helping me find it
and thanks for helping me find you there...
I offer you this quiet place, Lord,
where I can find a quiet place in my heart,
a place to find you...
I offer you these corner windows, Lord,
with thanks for the light you shine upon me,
day and night:
your light shining in my darkness...
I offer you the first five days of Lent, Lord,
and pray that this, the sixth,
will find me faithful to my corner for prayer
and so, more faithful to you...
I pray, Lord, for all who cross my path
between my morning and evening time with you:
I pray that I welcome them
as you have welcomed me
in the corner of a room,
in the corner of your heart,
especially those who struggle
to recognize your presence in their lives...
Keep my eyes and ears, my heart and mind open, Lord,
and help me make room, even a small corner,
for all the ways your hand might touch me this Lent...
Posted by Concord Pastor at 5:00 AM