Fleeting Injurious Gratitude
CHRISTOPHER A. BALL
fleeting injurious gratitude
when the throbbing surge of cracking bones
or torn tendons
inhibits your way in the world
from what you can see
or where you can be
not only does our day slow down
but our awareness of joy
in little ordinary parts of our day
can be held in remembrance
and with appreciation
until we heal up
and then we move on
forgetting the gifts
and expecting our wants
with endless disappointment
and constant angst
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Lent means “Spring” and, at the same time, was intended to draw our attention to forty days in the desert. Leaning into these contrasting images, may Lent be a season for (re)awakening for us. Whether it is found in anticipation of the budding life of spring or exposure to the wide open and barren spaces of the desert, let us intentionally approach this season with a quiet space and prayerful hearts in anticipation of new awakenings.
Let us take this day to sit before the Holy One in quietness and rest. Whether in centering prayer or journaling or any combination of spiritual practices, the time spent with God is intended to center our hearts for the season.
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