What is it that I offer to you this Lenten season?
Is it refusing to eat my favorite food?
Is it refraining from some action that hurts my soul?
Or is it my open heart, my soul laid bare?
How do I remember you this Lenten season?
Is it in my self-denial and then desiring?
Is it in my effort to choose a different way of being?
Or is it in my honest desire for your message of love?
Come to me, sweet Lord, in this, my time of reflection.
Show me a way of practicing an inner turning to you.
Illuminate my understanding and my actions.
And lead me to see your face in all I do.
For you are the very sanctuary I seek.
You are the fulfillment of my every desire.
You lead me back to you in humble surrender.
and in you, I find in my true being.
“Neither is new wine put into old wineskins; otherwise, the skins burst,
and the wine is spilled, and the skins are destroyed;
but new wine is put into fresh wineskins,
and so both are preserved.” ~ Matthew 9:17