As I enter this season of Lent, I go in to it with a different perspective than at any other time in my life — much more aware of my need for God. In years past I made half-hearted attempts at giving something up for Lent, but I never truly opened my soul for God to fill the empty place. It is my hope that this year will be different.
I’ve been on a journey for the last several years and have had my soul opened up in ways I didn’t know were possible. There have been times of extreme joy as well as overwhelming sorrow. I’ve felt intense love, but also deep loneliness. I’ve found areas of strength inside of myself, but have also discovered places of weakness that have literally brought me to my knees. I wish I could say that I listened to the voice of the Holy Spirit during this time, but I often chose to shut my ears to those quiet whispers.
With the greater awareness of my need, it is my desire to do all that I am able over the next 40 days in order to begin to hear AND listen to those whispers. The Bible says that God works through our weaknesses. Being more aware of my weak areas, I hope and pray that is true and that God can use those things that have been made so evident to me.
The symbol of the butterfly is very special to me. As I listen to the song “His Hands” by JJ Heller, I truly feel like a fragile butterfly and long to feel the peace of knowing that I’m being held gently in the hands of the one who created the universe. It is my prayer that as you listen to the words of this song, that you too will feel a sense of being gently held by our Heavenly Mother during this Lenten season.
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