God is not found in the soul by adding anything but by the process of subtraction.
~ Meister Eckhart
Breath Prayer: “spirit” “quiet”
Lent reminds us each year that we can do with less. Our culture invites us on a merry-go-round of “things.” More and more and more and more. Chasing our tails, we make our way from one holiday to the next, from one sale-event to the next. On and on we go, constructing more and more buildings of self-storage.
Lent reminds us each year that we can do with less. In this season of reflection and prayer, of fasting and offerings we invite our spirits to lean into the loving presence of God. In this spirit-quiet we can begin to understand better what our souls are yearning for:
for peace beyond the rush and busyness;
for balance of body and spirit;
for purpose and place in this world we call home;
for connection and reconnection to the One who calls us by name.
Lent reminds us each year that we can do with less.
Prayer: Holy God, we lean into your lovingkindness this day. Forgive us, when we seek after the ever-elusive things of life. Gather us closer to you, we pray. Remind and renew us, so that in these Lenten days we come closer to you and stronger in our daily walk of faith. Amen.
Working in Family Experience at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Lesley is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. A Candler School of Theology graduate, Lesley has just published her second book, Grief and the Psalms: Companioning the Moon for 29 Days (available on this website). She and her partner, Linda Ellis are raising their two sons, Brogan and Sam in Decatur, GA.