lent: adding something new

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today marks the first day of the lent season, the season of time during the liturgical calendar leading to the celebration of easter. for many, the purpose of lent is preparation and reflection.

growing up in the catholic church we celebrated lent every year. celebrate maybe is the wrong word. it never felt quite like a celebration because we had to give up something, and we weren’t allowed to give up easy things like chores, or vegetables, or spitting on the softball field. we had to give up something we couldn’t live without for 40 days so i usually gave up chocolate, or tv, or soda. but never all 3 at the same time because then i probably wouldn’t have lived until easter.

but this year as lent begins, i’m thinking about how i can best prepare my heart for easter. in a recent time of reflection, i realized that instead of giving something up, this year i need to add something new to my life. i want to live in total dependence on god and oftentimes for me, my dependence on god is expressed through relying on my community for strength and help. this is hard for me. even though in my job as a consultant i offer advice and encouragement to others it is usually difficult for me to ask for help – especially in my most vulnerable moments. so this lent, i’m focusing on becoming more transparent and allowing my community of friends, family and church to help me.

blessings on your lent as you begin your preparation for the celebration of the risen king.

these posts inspired my spirit: rethinking lent,story-formed: lent and kids, and you absolutely must glance at the lenten moleskine sketches by artist paul soupiset.


One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Gina on February 17, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    A friend of mine and I were just having this very conversation yesterday! I never knew that you could “add” something to your life for lent. It’s an interesting twist but I like it! I can’t wait to see what happens in these 40 days for you…good luck!!!


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