Lent: An Open Spirit

by Amy Welborn

One thing I ask of the Lord;
this I seek:
To dwell in the Lord’s house all the days of my life,
To gaze on the Lord’s beauty,
to visit his temple.

(Psalm 27:4)

I was sitting in a church one weekday and saw a woman come in and sit down. She looked around at the images of the saints, at the crucifix, at the other people praying. There was no great intensity in her bearing. She was just looking.

She picked up a missalette and flipped through it quickly. Then she did so again, this time more slowly, pausing at times. Finally, she went back to the beginning and started reading this time, slowly.

Who knows what brought her into the church that day. Who knows what seeds were planted and what she took away. For a moment, she put everything else aside, came inside and listened.

God of wisdom, during this season, I will come into your house with an open spirit.

“An Open Spirit“ was selected from Reconciled to God, Daily Lenten Devotions (Creative Communications for the Parish)  with Amy Welborn’s permission to publish it on JoyAlive.net.  Amy, mother of five, has worked as a Catholic high school teacher, Parish Director of Religious Education, writer for the Florida Catholic, columnist for Our Sunday Visitor and Catholic News Service. She has been writing full time since 1999 and has written nineteen books and many pamphlets and study guides. She is a regular contributor to the Living Faith and Living Faith for Kids devotionals.

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About Nancy Ward

Nancy HC Ward is a journalist, author, and speaker who blogs about Catholicism, her conversion, and Christian community at JoyAlive.net,
 7 websites and 7 magazines. She loves to share her faith story and help others share theirs through her Sharing Your Faith Stories seminars, also available on DVD. She contributed four chapters to The Catholic Mom’s Prayer Companion. She facilitates the Dallas/Fort Worth Catholic Writers and a critique group for the Catholic Writers Guild, where she serves as a board member.
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