Introduction to 40 Days of Lent – From Release to Embrace
“Intellect and Love are made of different materials. Intellect ties people in knots and risks nothing, but love dissolves all tangles and risks everything. Intellect is always cautious and advises, ‘Beware too much ecstasy,’ whereas Love says, ‘Oh, never mind! Take the plunge!’ Intelligence does not easily break down, whereas Love can effortlessly reduce itself to rubble. But treasures are hidden among ruins. A broken heart hides treasures.“*
Today, we are releasing Bitterness and embracing God’s Love for us.
Our Lent Booklet reminds us today that when we have suffered a wrong our hurt and anger can turn into resentment and bitterness that is corrosive to our soul. We may feel justified but we are only harming ourselves. Releasing bitterness allows us to dig deeper than our pain and anguish and shift our awareness from resentment to forgiveness. Forgiveness means letting go of the heaviness in our hearts.
“But treasures are hidden among ruins. A broken heart hides treasures.” What if our proverbial broken heart was but a chance to find treasures within. Every time we risk for Love – forgive and let go – in our vulnerability, we can open to healing and overcoming. We become freer.
Today, I invite you to contemplate on Rule No4 and the quote below. Let me know how practicing releasing apathy worked for you today.
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Ephesians 4:32
Today we affirm: I soften, forgive, and release any bitterness I carry within my heart. I free myself.
*Rules are from ’40 Rules of Love’ by Novel by Elif Shafak. See more about the book here (click)
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