12 Yet even now, says the LORD,
return to me with all your heart,
with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning;
13 rend your hearts and not your clothing.
Return to the LORD, your God,
for he is gracious and merciful,
slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love,
and relents from punishing.
Rend Our Hearts
Good Day Family,
There’s a prayer I sometimes pray, “Lord, break our hearts for what breaks yours.” It’s normally in response to the troubles of the world…when I feel overwhelmed by the magnitude of the brokenness of creation and human creatures. Those are the prayers from my heart, when my heart is broken, and I know that God’s heart has been broken over and over. It’s not that I want everyone to experience the pain of heartbreak just because I am suffering. It’s that I hope that if our hearts are aligned with God, we might make a change.
As the Lenten season commences, we may be inclined to engage in spiritual disciplines. Fasting, silence, meditation, prayer, and acts of service (among others) are means of drawing nearer to God, disconnecting from distractions, and demonstrating our faithfulness. These actions done consistently and intentionally over the weeks leading to Holy Week hold the potential to change us individually and communally. They can also be engaged in a wasteful manner when done performatively rather than transformatively.