Windows Wide Open


Windows Wide Open

There are at least two landmark “breathe deeply” moments each spring.  The first is that very first day when you step outside and instead of thrusting your hands deeper into your coat pockets and checking to see if you can pull the zipper any higher, you relax, turn your face to the warming sunshine and breathe deep.  You suddenly become aware that the birds are singing and you can’t help but smile.  The second moment comes on the first day when you open the windows of the house and feel that warm, fresh breeze as it readily accepts the invitation to dance with the curtains. 

Lent is a special time when the Church goes out of its way to extend the invitation to throw open the windows to your heart and to your soul and invite the breeze from the breath of the Holy Spirit to come dance with your soul.  It is meant to be a season of renewal.

Many churches, including mine, have been offering a number of special opportunities for spiritual renewal.  Back on Ash Wednesday the Lenten season may have seemed long with plenty of options.  Now however, Lent is drawing maybe all too quickly to its end if you have been unable to move past the desire for greater holiness and take any deliberate steps in that direction.  So, what if it is now just occurring to you that you really haven’t taken advantage of Lent to renew your soul, to renew your relationship with God?  You meant to, but time got the best of you, or perhaps you weren’t spiritually ready, or perhaps you are unsure, or afraid?  Have you missed out?

The most important thing to know is that there is no time limit on God’s mercy or God’s desire for a deeper, more intimate relationship with you.  As we will soon read in the Passion, the repentant thief was assured just moments from his death that he would be with Jesus in Paradise.  With God’s heart the windows are always wide open, the fresh breezes of new springtime always blow.  He is not merely looking out waiting to see if anyone comes home; he is waiting specifically for you.  Why not now?  

“Remember not the events of the past, the things of long ago consider not; see, I am doing something new!  Now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?” Isaiah 43:18-19

His Peace <><

Deacon Dan

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