Rev. Allen Brimer reminds us that Lent is a time of preparing our hearts, minds, and souls to stand at the cross. It is a time of preparation, reflection, and self-evaluation. He poses three questions that I encourage you to use as you practice the discipline of self-examination this week:
- Who are you?
- Why are you here?
- As a member/leader in a congregation, who are we?
The Examen helps us:
- Acknowledge sad or painful feelings, and hear how God is speaking to us through them.
- Overcome a pessimistic outlook by encouraging us to notice the good in each day.
- Tell the truth about who we truly are and what we need, rather than who we think we should be.
- Become aware of God’s presence in order to give direction to our lives.
ENGAGING THE PRACTICE:
Reviewing the day with God…
At the end of the day, take a moment to become still and center on God’s presence with you. Ask the Holy Spirit to guide you through your day (You can view it in your mind like a video, going from hour-to-hour through your day):
Acknowledging Jesus’ presence and ask Him to teach you.
Review your day from start to finish.
Ask God to bring to your mind the moment for which you are most grateful; when you were most able to give and receive love.
Where and how was God present in your day?
Take a moment to thank God.
Ask God to bring to your mind the moment for which you are least grateful; when were you least able to give and receive love?
If this brings a need for confession, offer it and receive God’s forgiveness. Breathe in God’s grace. Take a moment to let God’s love fill you.
Pray a prayer of thanksgiving for God’s mercy and love. Journal your gratitude to God and record what you have learned about yourself.
Reflecting on the practice:
Take a few minutes to note any feelings, insights, and guidance that you experienced during this practice. (Resource: Engaging Spiritual Practices Workbook by Gary Arntessoni)
Listen to Allen at: https://youtu.be/rmkAsDKzRWU.