CLICK RIGHT HERE! It’s been a few weeks since I referred you to my local column, featured in Wake Forest Today. So this morning – the third day into Lent – I’d like you to click on the link and read the faith perspective I was able to share with our community.
The title of the article is “Getting my Heart and my Head on the Same Page.” It begins like this:
“This week marks the beginning of “Lent,” the season of preparation for Easter in the Christian calendar. And with Ash Wednesday services cancelled throughout the region due to ice on the roads and a concern for safety, I was thankful that my church had scheduled an additional mid-day observance that survived the weather veto.
“It’s not so much that ritual is necessary for spiritual practice as that sometimes I need all the help I can get when it comes to getting my heart and my head on the same page. That’s where the sacred rhythms of the church year can be so helpful…”
BRAIN LOCK: Then I share a story from the Ash Wednesday service at WFPC. I stood up to play guitar, but then my brain froze and I couldn’t get past the first chord! Eventually, the GODSPELL rendition of “Day by Day” started to work its way through my heart and into my fingers. It wasn’t what I had planned, but I believe it’s exactly what God intended for me to say:
“Day by day
Day by day
Oh Dear Lord
Three things I pray
To see thee more clearly
Love thee more dearly
Follow thee more nearly
Day by day
“And there it was, the pitch-perfect plan for spiritual growth over the next few weeks between now and Easter. The entire point of Lent – the best possible spiritual practice when it comes to getting my heart and my mind on the same page – springs from the simple idea of see, love, and follow.”
Check out the balance of the column at Reading Between the Lines, Wake Forest Today.
Don’t miss this opportunity to reach toward Easter, and to walk purposefully with Jesus along the way – DEREK
Derek has published seven books in the past decade (you can find them at https://www.amazon.com/Derek-Maul/e/B001JS9WC4), and there’s always something new in the works.
Before becoming a full-time writer, Derek taught public school in Florida for eighteen years, including cutting-edge work with autistic children. He holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and education from Stetson University and the University of West Florida.
Derek is active in teaching at his church: adult Sunday school, and a men’s Bible study/spiritual formation group. He enjoys the outdoors, traveling, photography, reading, cooking, playing guitar, and golf.