This morning I began to use a little book entitled God Speaks in Many Tongues. It contains sacred texts from a variety of religious traditions followed by a meditation on a line or two from the text of the day by Benedictine Sister Joan Chittister.
The words of wisdom for today come from Hildegard of Bingen, who wrote centuries ago: “God hugs you; you are encircled by the arms of the mystery of God.”
What if we looked at Lent from the lens that God hugs us, each and every one of us on this planet? What might our fasting look like? What about our prayer — if we really believed and lived out of that sense of being hugged? How different might our almsgiving be if we saw “the other” as not “other” but one “just like me?”