I had surgery on my foot 17 February 2012. I thought I was ready for the recovery. I wasn't. I had no idea how dependent I would be on others for even the simplest of things. As I sat with my foot propped up day after day for the first week, I realized that my Lenten journey was all about receiving alms. For me almsgiving has always been about what I was giving, never about what I was receiving. Yet this Lent I found that I was not only being called to receive, but to also ask.
Ask for what you need then wait for it to be brought to you. I have had to learn to not bombard people with my asking, and also wait patiently while they got what I wanted when they could.
Struggle? It sure is.
Are you willing to receive the alms someone has to give you or are you preoccupied with giving, ignoring the receiving?
I invite you to learn about the receiving of alms this Lenten Season.