Lent Reflection Monday, March 9

phil-schermeister-a-white-tailed-deer-drinks-from-a-streamAs a deer longs for streams of water, so my soul longs for you…Psalm 42:2

One summer morning as I pulled weeds from my garden, I noticed two deer standing just feet away from me, ears raised, and legs long and elegant. Every time I moved to a different patch of weeds, they followed me with graceful steps. I looked at them and they looked at me. For about a half hour, we shared the sacred silence of morning. Sometimes when we commune with God, we don’t need to exchange words.

During these Lenten days, slip away from the noise of life. Meet your Lord in a garden of stillness.

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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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