March 2018 Shavings Letter

Hello Wildwood,

While the Winter Olympics in South Korea are winding down, we are just getting
started into Lent. Lent is that season we model after Jesus’ 40 days spent in the
wilderness at the beginning of his ministry. Jesus took the time to fast, pray and
study so that he would be ready for the challenges he would face over the course
of the next three years on his way to the cross. So it is, we take time in this
season to inspect our souls so that we will be prepared for the challenges that lie
ahead. May we take the advice offered us from Hebrews 12: 1 that says, “…let us
throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us
run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” To that end I offer this prayer
I found recently to guide us daily in Lent. Perhaps, as we pray it daily we might
throw off what holds us back from more faithfully following our Lord and Savior,
Jesus Christ.

A Prayer for Lent: Letting Go

O God, help us to use this season of Lent
to examine our attachments,
and to sense where You invite us
to live more simply and deeply.

Shine the light of Your love
into the private corners of our lives
where we have acquired so much clutter
that it has begun to restrict our freedom.

Grant us the strength to free ourselves
from appetites and needs that drive us
into taking, having and wanting
more than we need or have time for.

Teach us that in letting go
we become free, rather than deprived,
generous rather than covetous,
and spacious rather than restricted.

We offer You our Lenten observance,
and today we place our feet
on the road to Easter, and walk
the Way that You have walked before us. Amen.

Blessings,
Erik

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