Desiring What God Desires for Me

Our first week of Lent has begun.  For many of us this journey toward spiritual growth may have started with the tradition of having a cross of ashes placed on your forehead and hearing the words “Repent and believe in the gospel”.  The ashes remind us of our brokenness, our sinfulness.  The cross reminds us of our Savior.

Last week I encouraged you to look at Lent in a positive, new way. As a time of receiving. Let’s imagine that we are going to be abundantly blessed this Lent.  We can’t receive a gift with closed fists.  And we can’t receive grace with closed hearts. 

Way back in December the very first week of our Advent practice, I asked you to focus on the deepest desire of your heart and to present that desire to God. Now here we are at the beginning of Lent and I ask you again to bring your attention to the heart.  But let’s turn the tables.  Instead of asking what is the deepest desire of your own heart, what do you think is the deepest desire of God’s heart for you? What does God long for when he thinks of you? What does God long to fill you with?  What gift does he long to give you if only you will open your heart to receive it?  Opening ourselves to receive his abundant grace. Can we surrender our own striving and achieving?  

What is the deepest desire of God’s heart for me?  What would he like to see healed in me?  And how can I open my heart to receive his gifts?  
Lord, I present my open heart to you.  Give me the desire to change my heart so that the desires of your own heart become the desires of mine. 

A clean heart create for me, O God,

and a steadfast spirit renew within me

Give me back the joy of your salvation,

and a willing spirit sustain in me.

O Lord, open my lips,

and my mouth shall proclaim your praise.  Psalm 51