“Spring forward and fall back!” That’s a key phrase for remembering exactly what to do with your clocks this Sunday as Day Light Saving Time begins! Someone once questioned its value with this comment: “If you cut off the bottom of the blanket and sew it to the top-end does that make the blanket any longer?”
Strange concept – Daylight Saving Time! Can time really be saved? Jim Croce’s “Time in a Bottle” seems to invite us to look at the quality rather than the quantity of time: “But there never seems to be enough time to do the things you want to do once you find them.”
Perhaps for Lent (to deepen your relationship with the Lord) you decided to do or not to do a particular “something.” Now, as you move into the 5th week of Lent it’s a good time to look back and “re-group.” Why did you choose that “something” at the beginning of Lent? How is that going for you? Was it easier than you thought? Harder than you thought? What have you learned from the experience? What has come up these past 4 weeks that you had no idea would be part of your Lenten Journey? What did you have to let go of or do in order to attend to the “new thing” which moved into your journey? What plans did you have to make or remake? Why? Is that OK with you? How has this affected the quality of your Journey?
The Psalmist knew how to pray in the midst of unexpected situations and re-groupings: “O Lord you have probed me and you know me. You know when I sit and when I stand.” (Ps 139) Use this prayer to deepen the quality of your own time. Or make up your own short “breathing prayers” (aspirations) throughout the day based on scripture, on life, on the situation at hand:
“Lord, you are my strength.” (Ps 22:19 & Ps 59:17).
“Jesus I believe in you.”
“God, help me - I’m sinking!”
“The Lord is my light and my salvation (healing).” (Ps 27:1)
“I can’t stand this! Lord give me patience and Wisdom.”
“And He walks with me. . .”
“Lord, give me the courage I need.”
“Jesus I love you with all my heart.”
“O Lord, my times are in your hands.” (Ps 31:15)
Blessings as you move your clocks forward one hour to Day Light Saving Time, and continue to move forward in your Lenten Journey knowing you are not alone. The Lord promises you, “I am with you always!” (Mt 28:16)