(Day Three) Daily Lenten Devotional

Friday, March 3rd (Day Three)

Discerning Interior Movements, Darkness and Light

The Wheat and the Weeds, Matthew 13:24-29

1. Come into God’s (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) loving presence. Feel God’s loving gaze. Offer yourself completely to God.

2. Silently sit before God for 10 minutes.

3. Read Matthew 13:24-29 five times very slowly. The first time, simply and reverently read it, allowing God’s word to flow over you. The second time be aware of any verse word, phrase or concept that God is revealing to you as you read. Meditate silently for several minutes what the Lord has given you. During the third reading allow a prayer to formulate in your heart and offer that prayer to God. As the Scripture is read a fourth time, allow yourself to be drawn into the biblical scene as if you are living it right now. Be aware of any physical sensations, thoughts, or emotions that may arise. Journal your experience in detail. The fifth and final reading should be a reading of unknowing. Simply rest in the mystery of God’s presence and God’s Word, peacefully and with great joy.

4. Journal important aspects of the entire experience.

Read the following as food for thought:

I sense a need to identify the darkness and to nurture the effectiveness of the light in my life. In doing this the light will ultimately, most certainly, overcome the darkness. The wheat for me, this day, represents my love for practicing God’s presence though prayer, silence, and meditation on Scripture. Growth is evident when I feel a deepening sense of connectedness. The weeds seem to represent impatience and tendencies toward a do it myself attitude. However, it may be that what look like weeds to me, may in fact be wheat. I must simply let the light mature, so it can overcome the darkness, eventually revealing what the darkness has been hiding. I must watch for the things that bear fruit and then nurture those things. The darkness, which bears no fruit, is to be gathered and thrown away.

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