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April 1

Elementary:

 We begin in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Psalm 95 says, "Oh, that today you would listen to his voice!"

Sometimes I ask God to send me a letter. Maybe even an email or a text or yes God please write something in the clouds across the sky. If God did that, I would know what God wants me to do with my life. But I'm so busy all the time and I cannot seem to see God answering my prayers.

One wise friend gently suggested I stop talking in my prayers and listen instead. To sit quietly in prayer is to slow down and stop and listen for God's love that surrounds me all the time in my family, friends and world.

It was a hard to find a good time to sit and listen.

One time my prayer was answered in this way: "Trust me … Jesus"

We pray: Lord help our Lenten time be a time of gentle changes in our hearts. Help our hearts be open to the gentle love of your Holy Spirit Jesus. We bring before you all those affected by the Covid-19 virus. May we work together bringing hope and healing in these times of fear and despair. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

We continue our day in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.


High School
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We begin in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Psalm 95 says, "Oh, that today you would listen to his voice!"

There was a time in life I prayed God would send me a letter. Or an email, text or write something across the sky. Then, I thought, I would surely know God's direction for my life. But that desire fed into the business of my life. I was scurrying around. Doing good things, mind you: schoolwork, working a job, helping others, playing sports.

And then it happened. A crossroads appeared on the pilgrimage. I had to make a life-changing decision. Which way should I go? Which path would be the best? Did God care which new journey I would embark upon? How would I know?

Pray, of course. A pros and cons list—that was not very helpful. Wise counsel from a mentor, indeed useful. Sorting it out with my family, obviously. One saintly soul gently suggested I stop talking in my prayers and, instead, listen. To sit quietly in prayer was to kneel in prayer, to be steeped in prayer, she said.

It was a strain to find the proper time and setting for listening. To listen is to risk hearing a challenge, paying attention to the voice. What I heard was, "Place your stone in the river and be formed by the flowing water of the Spirit."

We pray: Lord help our Lenten time be a time of gentle formation for us. Enable us to be open to the gentle shaping of your love as opposed to the harshness of the world.

We bring before you all those affected by the Covid-19 virus and may we work together bringing hope and healing in these times of fear and despair. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

We continue our day in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.