Love is in the Air

This past Saturday was Valentine’s Day. Did you celebrate it with loved ones as a “special day” or just like any other day? I have always found this holiday to be an interesting one ~ shouldn’t we love and treat our loved ones as “special” 365 days a year, not just on this “one day”?

Love is in the air as several friends and acquaintances have posted their recent engagements online for others to share in their excitement. Then of course, there is the love of The Bachelor. Yes, I admit, I am watching the current season of The Bachelor. Chris, a young man from Iowa, is searching for his future wife in a televised setting. Talk about being vulnerable. That’s what love does to us. I’m guessing that at some point in each of our lives, we have all felt vulnerable to some degree. It can at times be a scary and hurtful place. However, a journey through a bit of vulnerability can also lead us to a beautiful and wonderful place.

I found these words by Jan Richardson on The Painted Prayerbook website:

Rend Your Heart

A Blessing for Ash Wednesday

To receive this blessing,

all you have to do

is let your heart break.

Let it crack open.

Let it fall apart

so that you can see

its secret chambers,

the hidden spaces

where you have hesitated

to go.

 

Your entire life

is here, inscribed whole

upon your heart’s walls:

every path taken

or left behind,

every face you turned toward

or turned away,

every word spoken in love

or in rage,

every line of your life

you would prefer to leave

in shadow,

every story that shimmers

with treasures known

and those you have yet

to find.


It could take you days

to wander these rooms.

Forty, at least.


And so let this be

a season for wandering

for trusting the breaking

for tracing the tear

that will return you


to the One who waits

who watches

who works within

the rending

to make your heart

whole.


Jan Richardson

© Jan Richardson. janrichardson.com  (See more at: http://paintedprayerbook.com/2012/02/15/day-1ash-wednesday-rend-your-heart/#sthash.CU61uTi3.dpuf)

As we enter into this season of Lent, I invite you to be a bit vulnerable. Allow your hearts to be opened … to wander … to explore and trust … to heal through forgiveness … to be made whole.

Dear God, Thank you for the gift of being vulnerable. Thank you for your son Jesus, who not only shows us what it is like to be vulnerable, but shows us unconditional love and helps to make us whole. Please walk beside us as we open our hearts and minds today and every day. In your name we pray. Amen.

April Schauer

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