Thoughts on Lent

Just completed Day 30 in my Lenten reading plan on YouVersion. (I highly recommend YouVersion for anyone who wants to have convenient access to a searchable Bible and flexible, meaningful reading plans or devotions.)

I ran across a lovely prayer written by F.B. Meyer (1847-1929). Here is an excerpt:

“…that I may daily do something to lessen the tide of human sorrow, and add to the sum of human happiness.”

It reminded me of a wonderful quote from one of my favorite poets (which I am drawing from memory, and hope I have it right):

“We are here to do good unto others. What the others are here for, I do not know.” – W.H. Auden

I hope that you and your significant others experience a very grand sum of happiness during this holy season. God bless!

NaHaiWriMo – Feb 13th

Today’s writing prompt is “shade tree.”  It seems ironic, because much of the northern United States would like anything but shade. Lent begins in the aftermath of Nemo, and most of us are happy to see the sun again. My relatives in New England are still marvelling at the snow (or cursing at it).  Yet here in the midwest, Ash Wednesday is glorious, with all but scattered piles of snow melted down to the ground, and a cloudless sky that signals the resurrection of spring.

tree in park

lonely ash trees
naked and shivering
stark reminder of spring


NaHaiWriMo’s writing prompts can be found on their Facebook Page here.

Lots of lovely haiku can also be found on their Facebook timeline.