10. Lord, grant that I would seek rather to comfort than to be comforted

I’m getting behind on Lent. Did you know you can get behind on Lent? I can.

There is a kind of self-care that is crucial to our survival. However, there is a kind of appetite that will never be satisfied.

I don’t think this part of the prayer is about exchanging what I need for what you need (although I might discover I didn’t need what I wanted). I don’t think this is about martyrdom. I think it is about how satisfaction works. Self-pity cannot be satisfied. And often, in seeking the comfort of another, I am relieved of the imperious urges that blind me to the ways my life is already full.

Seeking another’s comfort can do me the good I need right now. Seeking my own comfort can, at times, leave me awful uncomforted.

Not easy, but simple.

Maybe this is a good place to put Victoria Williams, “You Are Loved.” A benediction. Be comforted.

John 11:28-44

I’m writing short reflections on the Franciscan peace prayer through Lent. The series begins with 1A, right over here.

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One response to “10. Lord, grant that I would seek rather to comfort than to be comforted

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