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 the deepest desire of your own heart might be, what do you think is the deepest desire of God’s heart for you this lenten season? What does God long for when he thinks of you? What does God long to fill you with during these next several weeks? What gift does he long to give you if only you will open your heart to receive it? While opening ourselves to receive his abundant grace, can we surrender our own striving, efforting, and achieving?
And so we ask ourselves, “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 as I pray, fast and give?”
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
And now, lest we get too serious, here’s a little Lenten humor for all of you chocolate lovers out there!