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“Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searchesfinds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.” – Matthew 7:7-8 (NRSV)

I think there might be a bit of wanderlust in all of us, a seed of discontent, a wondering about what else could be. We’re always searching for more.

I’ve read articles that say this is becoming more common. We are becoming a culture that doesn’t want to join but rather join in when it is convenient or interesting for us. Our addiction to our smart phones feeds our discontent. We split our attention between it and the present moment because we don’t want to miss anything. Or miss out on anything better that we could be doing.

But sometimes our discontent is healthy. We live in a world that is broken and incomplete. There is something that could be better. There is more than what is before us right now.

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This Lent, I am doing a worship series based on the Peace Prayer (often called the Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi).

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.

O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
Amen.

This is a prayer of searching. Not for better opportunities but simply for the better. The discontent with the world around us is a source of strength to become instruments of transformation: peace, love, pardon, faith, hope, light, and joy.

Inner transformation calls for outward transformation – and action. In Lent, we are called to do a lot of soul-searching. Maybe we can also extend this outward, searching the soul of the world and our place in it. This Lent,

may our wanderlust seek to bring God’s Kingdom nearer
may our discontent become holy as we seek to instruments of Christ’s love
may our wondering be expressed in hope of the Spirit’s presence
so that the world may know more wholeness and peace.

Amen.

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3 Thoughts to “search”

  1. Michelle, I can identify with the God-shaped vacuum within, which we are always tempted to fill with other things. Our searching often takes us to places that are disadvantageous. It’s usually caused by “a seed of discontent, a wondering about what else could be.” So true. How we need the guidance and direction of Holy Spirit to help us make wise choices. Your Lenten worship series sounds intriguing. Great post!

    1. Thanks Joy. May the Spirit guide us well.

  2. I think it’s true that there’s an unhealthy dissatisfaction but also a healthy one. Something within us reminds us that the brokenness of this world is not how things are meant to be.

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