I don’t know about you, but this Lent has sneaked up on me. On Wednesday, the flowers will be taken out of the sanctuary, the vestments will turn to purple, and the austerity of Lent will begin. Time to get ready.
It can feel like such a dark time, but it is precisely this that allows us to see the light more brightly when it comes.
Traditionally, we give something up for Lent. It might be chocolate, coffee, or snacks. We can even add something like a Bible study, prayer time, or service. We can do these things out of a sense of tradition, but they are so much more than that.
If we fast, we give something up. By doing without, we can see that all we have is given by God. We can live in deeper gratitude and understanding of the gifts we are given every day.
By doing without, we understand better those who must do without, and can offer our service in a more genuine way. We can maybe even hear a call to help that we weren’t able to hear before.
We can fast from food, activities, electronics, anything. Whatever it is, if we are thoughtful as we do it, if we are aware as we are tempted to give in “just this once,” then we can grow as we have been called to grow and receive the gift of the Cross in a more beautiful way at Easter.
To be continued…