The Lion King is a great movie! Well worth your time whether you’re 4 or 40. There’s plenty of action, suspense and humor!
Most of the laugh out loud scenes involve a silly swine named Pumba, a wart hog with a heart of gold. When Pumba and his buddy Timon, a Meerkat, first meet the hero of the story, Simba, the future Lion King, Pumba has some words of advice. Mixing up a wisdom adage he tells the the young lion to “put his behind in the past.” Though humorous, his words also give a key insight into moving on from difficult situations and painful relationships.
One of the steps required in letting go of past hurts, putting our behinds in the past, is to stop dwelling on the “buts.” “But why did he? But why did they? But why? But…”
In our quest for healing we seek answers to why things happened, to understand. Although this is a healthy start we must be careful not to get stuck there. Many times life’s problems have no satisfying solution. Accepting what has transpired and that there may never be a reason that satisfies our inquiries is crucial to keeping our past and our behinds where they belong.
“I must let go. For so long I have held to the habit of holding on.
Even my muscles
Are tense; deeply fearful are they
Of relaxing lest they fall away from their place.
I cling clutchingly to my friends
Lest I lose them.
I live under the shadow of being supplanted by another.
I cling to my money, not so much
By a wise economy and a thoughtful spending
But by a sense of possession that makes me depend upon it for strength.
I must let go—Deep at the core of me
I must have a sense of freedom—-A sure awareness of detachment—of relaxation.
I must let go of everything.
I must let go of pride. But— What am I saying? Is there not a sense of pride
That supports and sustains all achievement,
Even the essential dignity of my own personality?
It may be that I must let go
My dependence upon triumphing over the fellows, which seems
To give me a sense of security in their midst.
I cringe from my pain; I do not relish
The struggle of life but I do not want to let go
Because the hurt and the tension of contest feed
The springs of my pride. They make me deeply aware.
But I must let go of everything.
I must let go of everything but God.
But God—May it not be
That God is in all the things to which I cling?
That may be the hidden reason for my clinging.
It is all very puzzling indeed. When I say
I must “let go of everything but God”
What is my meaning?
I must relax my hold on everything that dulls my sense of Him,
That comes between me and the inner awareness of His Presence
Pervading my life and glorifying
All the common ways with wonderful wonder.
Teach me, O God, how to free myself of dearest possessions,
So that in my trust I shall find restored to me
all I need to walk in Thy path and to fulfill Thy will.
Let me know Thee for myself that I may not be satisfied
With naught that is less.”
Thursday Lauds, Prayer for the Day
“O LORD, have you forgotten where I live? Have I slipped your mind? It has been too long since I’ve felt your presence.
I’m tired of talking to myself and turning things over in my mind. I am so weary and hurt in the deepest part of me.
Please listen to me. Bring light and life back to my eyes. Don’t let evil win in this battle for my soul.
You give courage to my heart, reminding me how you’ve saved me before, so I will trust in you and your love for me now and every tomorrow. Amen.”
a prayer based on Psalm 13
Across the road from my parent’s house a neighbor has had a plumbing issue. I am not sure what’s going on but for the last two days there have been multiple vehicles at multiple times in the driveway and in the backyard. When I took the Husky for a walk this afternoon there was another plumbing van from the “Rescue Rooter” company down the road. I guess this is get out the gunk week.
Today is Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. A day when millions of people around the world make the choice to sacrifice something for 40 days (not counting Sundays) until Easter. Maybe they give up favorite food, a habit, a grudge. Lent is my favorite time in the Christian calendar year, a time to get rid of the gunk that builds up all year long. It is a time of focusing on what’s important and what’s not. A time when we are reminded there are many things we can live happily without if we are willing to do so.
However, what Lent is not is a diet, a self improvement program. If our idea of going 40 days without chocolate cake is about losing weight, or giving up a habit to impress others we’re missing something. Whenever I have practiced Lent with others, taught the basics of these 40 days of letting go of comforts and crutches we have in our daily lives, I also teach the importance of NOT filling the void. When we take something which we enjoy, depend on, make allowances for, allot time to, and sacrifice it, what we do in the void left behind is just as important as the letting go. We must be careful not to substitute one entertainment, habit, food, grudge with another.
Wisdom tells us seasons of simplicity and sacrifice, learning to live without, giving up our dependencies on things which do not matter so we can depend on that which does is not only important but necessary and needed.blessings, bdl
There is confidence everywhere in Ash Wednesday, yet that does not mean unmixed and untroubled security. The confidence of the Christian is always a confidence in spite of darkness and risk, in the presence of peril, with every evidence of possible disaster. Let us emend for the better in those things in which we have sinned through ignorance: lest suddenly overtaken by the day of death we seek space for repentance and are not able to find it.
The last words are sobering indeed. And note, it is the sins we have not been fully aware of that we must emend. Once again, Lent is not just a time for squaring conscious accounts: but for realizing what we had perhaps not seen before. The light of Lent is given us to help with this realization.
Nevertheless, the liturgy of Ash Wednesday is not focussed on the sinfulness of the penitent but on the mercy of God. The question of sinfulness is raised precisely because this is a day of mercy, and the just do not need a Savior.
Nowhere will we find more tender expressions of the divine mercy than on this day. His mercy is kind. He looks upon us “according to the multitude of Thy tender mercies.” In the introit we sing: “Thou hast mercy upon all (Misereris omnium), O Lord, and hatest none of the things which Thou hast made, overlooking the sins of men for the sake of repentance and sparing them, because Thou art the Lord our God.”
How good are these words of Wisdom in a time when on all sides the Lord is thought by men to be a God who hates. Those who deny Him say they do so because evil in the world could be the work only of a God that hated the world.