March 3rd

1st Friday of Lent

Day 3

I do not bind myself to such words or syllables, but say my prayers in one fashion today, in another tomorrow, depending upon my mood and feeling. I stay however, as nearly as I can, with the same general thoughts and ideas. It may happen occasionally that I may get lost among so many ideas in one petition (of the Lord’s prayer) that I forego the other six. If such an abundance of good thoughts comes to us we ought to disregard the other petitions, make room for such thoughts, listen in silence, and under no circumstances obstruct them. The Holy Spirit himself preaches here, and one word of his sermon is far better than a thousand of our prayers.


Day by day as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having the goodwill of all the people. And day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved. Acts 2:46-47


I find Luther’s words inspiring. At times while reading scripture, a phrase or word helps me in my prayer. After reading this quote I would like to consciously use this more often. In my daily quiet time I use the acronym ACTS (adoration, confession, thanksgiving, supplication). I then use meditation, focusing on my breathing and body tension. Once relaxed I “listen”. All is quiet. If a wayward thought, comes to mind I write it down if necessary and return to my meditation. God is near.

Holy Spirit, may I be open to hear you throughout my day. Amen

Joan Olson

Put one coin in your bank for each pound you feel overweight.