Since I first began practicing Lent I have made a habit of asking God what He would have for me in this season.
What indulgence might I set aside in order to tune my heart to greater awareness and prayer, toward greater humility and imitation of Jesus’ delight in doing the will of the Father at any cost to himself?
For me it usually involves food and it almost always means giving up soda (one of my most treasured indulgences).
SoÂ I was a bit surprised when God told me that what He wants from me this year is a sacrifice of praise.
A life of faith is a life of gratitude – it means a life in which I am willing to experience my complete dependence upon God and to praise and thank him unceasingly for the gift of being.
A truly eucharistic life means always saying thanks to God, always praising God, and always being more surprised by the abundance of God’s goodness and love.
How can such a life not also be a joyful life? It is the truly converted life in which God has become the centre of all.
There gratitude is joy and joy is gratitude and everything becomes a surprising sign of God’s presence.
Show Me The Way – Readings For Each Day Of Lent
It never ceases to amaze me how God speaks right to my heart at just the right time.
I’ve been asking Him for joy.
I’m desiring to grow in awareness of Him and to be formed into the image of Christ.
And the “sacrifice” that He asks of me is the very one that answers both of those requests.
“How can such a life not also be a joyful life?”
“There gratitude is joy and joy is gratitude and everything becomes a surprising sign of God’s presence.”
He’s so beautiful, this Beloved of mine.Â He gives and gives and gives.
And when He asks me to die to self, even in this, He gives me more than I could ask or imagine.