Ash Wednesday Meditation, 25th February 2009

ash-crossHosea 6: 1-3

Let us humble ourselves, let us strive to know the Lord, whose justice dawns like the morning light, and its dawning is as sure as the sunrise. It will come to us like a shower, like spring rains that water the earth

I have seen a poster called ‘Life’s little instructions’. One of the instructions is to watch a sunrise at least once a year.

 I thought – well, at this time of year I see a sunrise every day!

 Then I thought – do I really see it?

 Do I really stand and watch the dark sky growing lighter, feel the stillness and silence of the dawning day? Hold my breath and wait for the first flush of light, and then feel the joy as the birds begin to sing theirs?

 Well no – but perhaps I should.

 In Lent we are supposed to take time out to draw near to God. To learn to feel his presence, His love. To walk with Him and talk to Him. To listen to Him and be guided by Him.

 What better way than to watch the sunrise?

 Let us strive to know the Lord, whose justice dawns like the morning light, and its dawning is as sure as the sunrise.

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