Thursday in the First Week of Lent

by Shana Kaplanov

I give you thanks, O Lord, with my whole heart! — Psalm 138:1

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y whole heart. My entire self, which includes the part of me who wants to determine my own version of justice for others, who gets super judgy, who thinks I am better than “the other.” That part of myself keeps me at a distance from other people and from my God. I can be my own worst stumbling block. The enemy I fear most is not another person or some evil force out to get me in the world. Most of the time, my worst enemy is the demon I wrestle in my own heart.

The good news is that my whole heart is also infused with God’s steadfast love. God is with us when we wrestle with ourselves. God loves us through the midst of trouble. And God reaches out to us with light when we grapple in the darkness. Give thanks to God whose love for us enables us to praise God in return…with our whole hearts!

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2 Responses to Thursday in the First Week of Lent

  1. Joan Castagnone says:

    Beautiful! Thanks, Shana.

  2. Robert Owend says:

    Thank you, Shana.

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