Spring Training

My Lenten practice this year is a bit different from previous years.  I don’t know if I’m doing well at it; I know for certain that I’m thinking more about it. Maybe that’s enough; maybe it’s just a start; maybe they’re the same thing.

Every time someone gets on my last nerve, I ask myself, “Can I see Jesus in this person?” We always want to imagine Jesus in the gentle beggar, the bravely ill.  Can we see Jesus in the impatient, the rude, the insecure, the vain, the cruel, the vapid, the greedy, the fatuous, the thoughtless? Can we see Jesus in everyone we hope to God we are not? Can we see Jesus in ourselves?

As of now, I am batting about 350.  Lent isn’t over yet, so it could go either way.


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4 Responses to Spring Training

  1. That’s a heckuva good b.a., Annemarie! We’re headed off to see the other kind of Spring Training today in Tampa. Do you think I’ll see Jesus in Derek Jeeter?

  2. Janis Grogan says:

    What a wonderful Lenten practice, Annemarie! I’ve heard that if you do something for 21 days, it becomes easier and a habit. Way to go! Something we should all try. Jan

  3. Jo says:

    I am challenged. I may have to send you in as a designated hitter. Thanks.

  4. Dennis Jones says:

    Very good in the ‘arena of dreams’. Good in the Jesus-finding stakes? You must update on how the ‘season’ ends.

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