Lenten Reflection Day 22 (Mar 15): GIVE (from John 4:5-42).

SONG: Give by LeAnn Rimes: https://youtu.be/vALhBgHC_FE

POEM: Kahlil Gibran: On Giving (excerpt): Then said a rich man, Speak to us of Giving. And he answered: You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give… And there are those who have little and give it all. These are the believers in life and the bounty of life, and their coffer is never empty. There are those who give with joy, and that joy is their reward.And there are those who give with pain, and that pain is their baptism.And there are those who give and know not pain in giving, nor do they seek joy, nor give with mindfulness of virtue; They give as in yonder valley the myrtle breathes its fragrance into space.Through the hands of such as these God speaks, and from behind their eyes. He smiles upon the earth.

QUOTE: CS Lewis: To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable.

Lenten Reflection Day 20 (Mar 13): ASK  (from John 4:5-42).

SONG: Ask by The Smiths: https://youtu.be/zoo9Vu1a9bU

POEM: Esther Berlin: I Hope to God Yoy Will Not Ask (excerpt): I hope to God you will not ask Me or my People to send Postcard greetings… Yes, we may share the same sun setting But the in-between hours are hollow The People fill the void with prayers for help Calling upon the Holy Ones Those petitions penetrate and loosen The binds you tried to tighten Around our heart …

QUOTE: Mahatma Gandhi: Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. It is daily admission of one’s weakness. It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart.

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