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Waterfalls
It's almost like there are these periods where our relationship is smooth and steady, and then there are times when it's like standing on the edge of this gorgeous, wonderful waterfall and just letting yourself drop, knowing that there's a safe pool of water ready to catch you at bottom. You take the plunge and you're in wayyyy over your head, but oh man, it's exhilarating, it's breathtaking, it's just incredible and you feel better than you ever have before and the water is cool and refreshing and exactly what you needed.

Sam is my waterfall.

- LJ entry from 8/2005





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Ash Wednesday

Today was my first Ash Wednesday as a non-Catholic. Did it feel any different?

No, it didn't. I thought that it would, but it was just as deep and meaningful as last year in the Catholic church.

We heard a sermon by Nancy DiMarco (Rocky is out of town with his wife, visiting both sets of their parents) about disciplining ourselves for prayer and reflection during Lent and always. It was a very interesting sermon, and I must ask her for a copy of it.

We did a responsorial psalm, the standard 51st. I wasn't crazy about the musical setting for that one, I far prefer this (which is also probably my all time favorite worship song, since I first heard it in 1980):



But choice of music isn't the point. The point is in the message, which is awareness of my own sins, confessing them to God, and true repentance.

This will be the first Lent in nearly ten years that I have not gone to confession with a priest. That will be strange. I still am not fully comfortable with the idea that I don't need a priest to absolve me of my sin, that God Himself does that, has, in fact, already done that. It comes down to learning to trust in God, not a church organization.

This Lenten season it is my intention to deepen my understanding of God and what He wills for me. To deepen my relationship with Him through prayer and study of my Bible. To examine myself deeply, truly repent of my sins both past and present, and seek forgiveness for all of it. To start fresh and clean.

That will be my Lenten sacrifice. I'm not giving up something tangible. I'm giving up taking it all for granted, instead.

May this Lent bring everybody closer to God.

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I love that song, too. :)

"That will be my Lenten sacrifice. I'm not giving up something tangible. I'm giving up taking it all for granted, instead."

Good for you. I've heard numerous priests and ministers talk about how lenten sacrifice should be about giving up something crappy we hold on to, like a grudge or bigotry. It's a fantastic way to let go of shit. I should see if I can dig up Heidi's sermon from last year. It was truly wonderful.

I missed Ash Wednesday this year. I wanted to go, but yesterday was a big clinic day for Holden, and by the time I got home I was exhausted beyond comprehension. But I'll go to the first Lenten service on Sunday. I imagine I'll miss the rest until Easter though. A lenten baby. :)

Now, giving up all that sleep IS a sacrifice :D

LOL! If this one is anything like Holden, I'll get more sleep after he's born. I'm too uncomfortable to sleep now.