Lent Reflection Wednesday February 25

bellevue_valley_marsh_by_tfavretto-d1lf7imA clean heart create for me, God; renew in me a steadfast spirit. (Psalm 51:12)

Last December, I was having coffee with my friend and colleague, Kelly Wahlquist.

It was a few weeks before Christmas and we found ourselves talking about our favorite holiday movies.  We both agreed that the Grinch who Stole Christmas, the animated version, was among our top ten.

“Kelly, do you remember the part when his heart grows three times its size?” I said. We both started laughing as we recalled the X-ray machine that reflected the Grinch’s momentous conversion.

This Lent, imagine God placing an X-ray over your heart. What would it reflect? Bitterness? Joy? Anger? Love?

© by Nancy Jo Sullivan

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Nancy Jo Sullivan is an inspirational author and speaker. She has published with Random House, Guideposts, Readers Digest, and the Huffington Post. Her newest book, Small Mercies, was recently released by Loyola Press. In the book, she writes about God’s presence in motherhood, family, and love. Through poignant reflections, she recalls how she found God even in her darkest moments, especially in the months that followed the death of her daughter with Down’s syndrome. She reminds the reader that God is present in “every mess, burden, and blessing.” The mother of two grown daughters, Nancy Jo resides in Saint Paul, Minnesota. She loves hanging out with her daughters, teaching writing classes to kids with special needs, jogging, making spinach smoothies, and of course, writing about her imperfect life.

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