Rose Madrid-Swetman

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March 15, 2012

Lenten Reflection Week 3

Category: Lent/Easter,Random Thoughts – Rose – 6:32 pm

Lent, the season of relinquishment. Relinquishment, letting go, surrender all verbs, something we do. Time in the wilderness definitely calls forth action but the action I find being called forth during this season in many ways is what Jesus might have meant when he said if we wanted to follow Him we would have to pick up our cross daily. Some of the relinquishment I am being invited to:

    • Giving up any sense that I can control things that are absolutely out of my control, not even sure that makes sense.
    • Letting go of expectations that at one time seemed legit.
    • Surrendering to the paradox of surrendering my will to God’s will but even that is not in my own power but by God’s grace.
    • Abandonment of all illusions that we don’t live in a war zone
    • Surrender to a dependence on and a desperation for the Spirit of God
    • Letting go of people in graciousness that I really don’t “have” to be present to
    • Giving up on pretenses
    • Releasing my pride to accept kindness and goodness in all the ways in which they come to me
    • Letting go of willfulness and embracing willingness (Thank you Richard Rohr)
    • Desisting from self-contempt
    • Surrender to the powerlessness of meeting other’s expectations of me

My time in this wilderness is definitely a painful call to action…


  1. Rose you challenge me. I see all the above as the hard to do die to self stuff that is the challenge yet the beauty of this walk we are walking. When I die to self i give up the stuff i hold precious and give it to another to control. The thing is when I look at the precious pile I see so much that is not as beautiful as it seems when I am holding it. When I give it over to the control of another it is the other who was willing to take a chance on me and die for me even before i chose him. I keep reminding myself who has control when i let it go. I love/hate this walk but love the author who is trustworthy. I so need someone I can trust right now. I can really relate to the painful part of it and then i think about his pain and mine seems less.

    Comment by Theresa Hanson — March 15, 2012 @ 9:43 pm

  2. Thanks Rose. This so aptly says what has been brewing in my heart. It is comforting to parallel with you this walk of relinquishment. Phil Strout’s article in the recent CE talked about “drinking the cup” that is put before us. For me this has been a season of reflection, and relinquishment as well. I have had to choose to drink an emotionally painful cup and allow Christ to be formed in me. As I choose to do this daily and be filled with a love that is His and not mine, I find strength and hope that I would not see otherwise. I have been praying for you and your family as you walk this journey out.

    Comment by Gale Mosgofian — March 25, 2012 @ 11:15 am

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