This afternoon, I headed out of chapel. I had finished up the prayer time missed by my inability to get out of bed promptly earlier this morning. (Winter fatigue had gotten the better of me, I guess.)
I had also cleaned about 20 votive candle holders there. (This had not been done yet today, some people had obviously been busy with matches over the past hours.)
As I walked down the hall, I remembered another item on my ‘to do’ list: figuring out a song on the organ for Chuck.
Our bookkeeper, who also plays accordion and organizes monthly dances for our residents, was preparing music for tomorrow’s event here at St. Anne’s. Since it is Lent, he was trying to incorporate a bit of religious music into the mix.
He had picked “Just a Closer Walk” and “One Day at a Time.” However, he was not happy with the musical arrangement he had for the latter piece. I had offered to figure it out for him, in hopes that he would like what I came up with better. (I am very familiar with it from hearing my mom’s Christy Lane tape over the years.)
So, I sat down at the library organ, used frequently by one of residents, and began picking out the melody. With a little work, I got it worked out.
Although Chuck decided not to use the piece after all, the words of the song strike me as very appropriate for my Lenten journey this year.
I’ve come to a conclusion of a couple of practices I would do well to undertake especially at this time. However, I know that I won’t be able to keep it up for 40 days (well, I guess it’s really 38 now with liturgical reforms 🙂 ). I have been realizing, lately, that I need to heed the words of this song; I need to turn to Jesus each day, asking His strength to live and serve “one day at a time.”
I need to depend on His strength, not my own. I pray I may remember this each day (and many times throughout) of this Lenten season.
Sr. Christina M. Neumann, OSF
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