As the country prepares for the start of the Lenten Season I am amused to note that the entire Philippines seem to be gearing up for a few days of shut down. Banks have announced that ATM service will be closed at 1am on Good Friday and phone and internet banking will be closed starting tomorrow. The train services had also announced the seizure of their operation starting tomorrow (April 21, 2011). Malls as usual will be closed from Maundy Thursday to Black Saturday (April 21 to April 23, 2011) and all other businesses will be close as well. For the next 3 days the country will be at rest.
The Lenten Season was supposed to be a time of meditation and prayer however, in the recent years it had also become an opportunity for families to get together and spend time together either at home or at some resort.
I have nothing against the Lenten practices. Actually, I am fascinated with the many rites and rituals I see during this season however I am also put off by many self-righteous people who cannot keep from telling other people what is proper to be done during the Holy Week.
If you really want to please GOD then talk to HIM and pray to HIM not only on Lenten Seasons but every single day of your life. Do not recite to HIM prayers you’ve learned as a child but rather really converse with your GOD. Tell him about your aches and pains; about your triumphs and failures; tell HIM about your day and then listen to HIM as he talks back to you.
GOD do not need us to repeat our prayers to him 10 times….HE heard you the first time! Sometimes when you speak too much you fail to listen to what HE has to say. So talk to GOD as if HE’s right there in front of you (because HE is!). You may call him by another name Yahweh, Allah, or Abba but the thing is it is still one GOD and HE’s the GOD who listens and waits for you to come to HIM not just during Lenten Season but every single minute of every single day of your life.