Thursday, February 23, 2012

Lent...purification of the heart

The season of Lent is upon us.  This year, I'm reading a few different books during this time...the first is Bread and Wine and the second is Sacred Space for Lent 2012.  I did not grow up practicing Lent, as most evangelical Christians don't; however, the past few years I've become more and more interested in the Lenten season, especially when contrasted to the amount of time we as Christians spend on Christmas Advent.  Since Easter is the very foundation on which our faith exists, it seems only right to spend time in reflection during Lent. 
 There are a few different blogs I read that are talking about the same thing today:
Mustard Seeds
No. 17 Cherry Tree Lane
Here is a portion of "The Ballad of Reading Gaol" by Oscar Wilde as shared in "Bread and Wine" that I was touched by today.  It is only through our brokenness that Christ can enter in and restore us to Him. 
And thus we rust Life's iron chain
Degraded and alone:
And some men curse, and some men weep,
And some men make no moan:
But God's eternal Laws are kind And break the heart of stone.

And every human heart that breaks,
In prison-cell or yard,
Is as that broken box that gave
Its treasure to the Lord,
And filled the unclean leper's house
With the scent of costliest nard.

Ah! happy day they whose hearts can break
And peace of pardon win!
How else may man make straight his plan
And cleanse his soul from Sin?
How else but through a broken heart
May Lord Christ enter in?
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