Confession: Lent is my favorite season.
It is not because I enjoy suffering or even sober events.
It is, however, because it is honest and authentic.
We are beautifully flawed and broken people, who live among beautifully flawed and broken people in a beautifully flawed and broken creation. Our flaws, our brokenness, and those of others and the creation separate us from one another, from neighbor, and from God.
Ash Wednesday humbly reminded us that we, our neighbors, and all of creation are temporary. It all was created from ash/dust and to ash/dust it will all return.
As a girl from the ‘Valley of the Sun’, I am aware that the phoenix dies, becomes ash, then rises again stronger than before. Similarly, we (as individuals, communities, and institutions) are called to die, to become ashes, to rise by the grace of God stronger and further shaped into the one that God has called us each to be.
THIS is the work of Lent.
It is about becoming aware of the distractions
that separate us from God and neighbor…
in order for vulnerable soul-searching…
in order for uncomfortable ‘Come to Jesus’ moments…
in order to return our attention to the cross, to Jesus the Christ,
and to the Triune God…
in order that we may be reconciled and reconnected to God and neighbor alike. Read the rest of this entry »