Psalm 108:1 ‘O God my heart is ready, my heart is ready’.
Ready…set…go! We all know those words as they begin a race, whether it be with a person, a car or even a horse. And the contestants are ready, they’ve been ready for a long time. The training often is brutal, the early mornings and the long days of practice have seemed endless. And then the moment arrives when all is in place and the pronouncement to begin has been sounded. How often do we ever tell God that we are ready? Ready to listen, ready for change, ready to open our hearts to whatever it might be to which God is calling us. As some of the readers know, I have recently retired. And my sense has been it is a time for a change from parish ministry to…what? Yes, this blog, but so much more. And my prayer has been, God I’m ready….any time now… It is the season of Lent, the beginning of a time of reflection, a time-honored season of p reparation for Holy Week and Easter. A time in ancient Christianity when people were preparing for baptism. 40 days of preparation, 40 days of waiting, 40 days of listening. So let us all be ready to listen, to wait for what is to come, whatever and whenever that might be. God wants to know we are ready. Are we?