Helpful Hints

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It’s come around again
the time to pause and pray,
leave the busy “iWorld”
and settle in to stay.

Our God is a-calling us
from distractions galore,
the key to a Lenten practice
is to pray, and pray some more.

Those temptations travel along
to tease us miles away
from time with our dear Saviour
who loves us every day.

In our tech heavy life
a real challenge we do face,
how to disconnect a device
and receive that flowing grace.

So silence that cell phone
turn off your iPad
plug into the divine zone
and make God feel glad.

But how do I really fast
I’m hungry all the time,
Just eat the bread that’ll last
and wash away sin’s grime.

Look into the eyes
of all you hold so dear,
listen to their cries
and drive away their fear.

If you stop and think again
of who you really are,
then Lenten disciplines
will take you very far.

Viola Athaide is a student in the Windows of Theology program at Regis College, Toronto. She currently teaches Scripture at her local parish church.

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13 Comments
  • Susan Tomenson
    Posted at 06:31h, 10 March Reply

    Thank you, Viola. Pause and Pray- such a good idea!

  • darcy Mann
    Posted at 08:41h, 10 March Reply

    Thanks Viola, I really enjoyed that poem. Maybe being an old guy, the smooth and easy rhyming made me smile…..

  • Ana Maria Rodriguez
    Posted at 08:44h, 10 March Reply

    Wonderful truthful possible very human and thank you!!!!!!
    We really need to meditate upon this and put it in action Thank you Viola!!!!!
    What a Gift
    Ana Maria

  • Margaret (Peggy) Wilson
    Posted at 10:12h, 10 March Reply

    How true and wise. Thank you for sharing your lovely poem.

  • John Macciocchi
    Posted at 10:42h, 10 March Reply

    Sweet reflection!
    Keep them coming.

  • Silvia Girod
    Posted at 11:31h, 10 March Reply

    Simple and meaningful. Lent does call us to make a little more space to get closer to God who loves us every day. Dear Viola, Thank You for enriching our lent experience in so many ways.
    .

  • Rita Coutinho
    Posted at 14:01h, 10 March Reply

    Thank you, Viola. Lent is a time when the floodgates of God’s mercy are opened wide and unless we shut our ears to the noise, we will not hear His voice.

    Thank you, Viola. Lent is the season when the floodgates if God;s mercy are opened wide. So unless we shut our ears to the noise, we will not hear His voice.

    Rita

  • Bonnie azevedo
    Posted at 16:33h, 10 March Reply

    So true yes we have to learn to meditate put all devices on hold
    well written God bless.

  • Sylvia Lee
    Posted at 17:34h, 10 March Reply

    You share with us the essence of Lent through your beautiful poem.
    Thank you Viola. Have a blessed Lent !

  • Sylvia Lee
    Posted at 21:54h, 10 March Reply

    You share with us the essence of Lent through your beautiful poem.
    Thank you Viola. Have a blessed Lent !

  • Sylvia Lee
    Posted at 09:07h, 11 March Reply

    You share the essence of Lent with us through your beautiful poem.
    Thank you Viola. Have a blessed Lent !

  • Doreen Pinto
    Posted at 17:01h, 11 March Reply

    How true! If people only knew just what they are missing. Beautiful Lenten reflection
    God Bless

  • Jessie Wong
    Posted at 20:10h, 12 March Reply

    What a reminder for us that we have to refocus our lives to God ! We have enough distractions in our daily routines. Thank you and have a very blessed Lenten season.

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