NIGHT PRAYER: Monday 2/28

Our word "Lent" finds its roots in the Old English word "lencten" which means "springtime." Writing from his home on Job's Pond in Connecticut (photo below, John McGinty offers this splendid reflection on Lent as a hidden springtime.

Photo by John McGinty

From Here (on Lent's near border)

Spring is hidden there
Deep beneath the ice
In depths never charted
In a way the pond does not know
Spring is here.

Spring is hidden there.
In the marrow of the sleeping tree trunks
In the cold silence
That does not expect to flow again
Spring is here.

Spring is hidden there.
In each blade of grass
Brownish gray
Unbending unconscious unnoticed
Spring is here.

Spring is hidden there.
Deep in our hearts
Beneath the scar tissue of
Unspoken loves
Failed dreams
Angry words
Dessicated sin
Denied vulnerability
Spring is here.

Spring is hidden there.
In this week’s ashes
Blackened and cold
Dead and gone
In mortality embraced
And repentance renewed
Spring is here.

~ JPM 2/12/18

 For prayer and reflection:
    - how is spring hidden in my life? my heart? my soul?
    - what needs to be thawed, healed, 
        spoken, and refreshed within me
        that spring might flow, flourish, sing and bloom
            in my life?
    - will I pray, this Lent, for spring to come
        and rise in my heart?
Protect me, Lord, while I'm awake
and watch over me as I sleep
that awake, I might keep watch with you
and asleep rest in your peace...

Tonight's music is instrumental - and visual.
Both  genres intended to waken in us a Lenten
hope for spring to come to life in our hearts...
First Day of Spring by Secret Garden
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