We are heading into Lent, beginning this Ash Wednesday. Because I have created 40 prayer reflections/exercises for Lent in my material called "The Veil is Torn" I won't be posting a weekly prayer exercise during Lent.
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I share this poem that expresses our tendency to hang back from freely entering God's loving presence. May we hear Christ beckoning us to come through the torn veil!
Love bade me welcome, yet my soul drew back,
Guilty of dust and sin.
But quick-ey'd Love, observing me grow slack
From my first entrance in,
Drew nearer to me, sweetly questioning
If I lack'd anything.
A guest, I answer'd, worthy to be here:
Love said, You shall be he.
I, the unkind, ungrateful? Ah, my dear,
I cannot look on thee.
Love took my hand, and smiling did reply
Who made the eyes but I?
Truth, Lord, but I have marr'd them: let my shame
Go where it doth deserve.
And know you not, says Love, who bore the blame?
My dear, then I will serve.
You must sit down, says Love, and taste my meat:
So I did sit and eat.
George Herbert (1593-1633)
My prayer for you is that you will sit and eat.