Lent Day 1 – Rend Your Hearts

by gary-foote on February 18, 2015

Rend your hearts, not your garments, and return to the LORD, your God.

– Joel 2:13

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The journey begins with a call to rip our hearts wide open. This call goes against what we are normally inclined to do: protect our hearts at all costs. Most often in life we prefer to look for ways to bury and guard our hearts. We notice that our own anatomical heart is concealed in the thoracic cage, safely covered by bone and cartilage, making it difficult to access.

But here in this moment, on this first day of our journey, God boldly calls out to us: Rend your hearts.

If change and conversion is truly what we seek then we must allow God access to the depths of our hearts. This requires us to tear our hearts wide open into many pieces and humbly pray. If you are ready to take this step, but cannot find the words, I invite you to pray the prayer below as we begin this journey to a deeper faith and relationship with God.

“Lord, I trust you. I know that this will hurt as I shred through the numerous ways that I have put distance between you and others out of fear and hurt. Yet, today I will take confidence in you and your promise to make me new. I will take refuge knowing that you are ‘gracious and merciful, slow to anger, abounding in steadfast love, and relenting in punishment’ (Joel 2:13).”

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