Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Yes, Lord!

Sometimes Lent can become such a negative experience. We can place so much emphasis on what we are going to give up for lent. And then when temptations arise we "just say no." But when we say "no" to ourselves, are we saying "yes" to God?

Henri Nouwen once wrote:

God not only says: "You are my Beloved." God also asks: "Do you love me?" and offers us countless chances to say "Yes." That is the spiritual life: the chance to say "Yes" to our inner truth... And at every point of the journey there is the choice to say "Yes" and the choice to say "No."

There are countless areas of our lives when we can say "yes" to God. And when we are trying to discern God's will in our lives we say "yes" to God as well. But how many times during our day are we conscious of saying "yes" to God?

In 1962, the same question was asked, but probably in a different beat...