Tomorrow begins the season of Lent.
On Ash Wednesday, Lent, meaning Spring begins and continues for 40 days (about 6 weeks) ending with the celebration of Easter Sunday. For centuries it has been a time to intentionally reflect on what we believe and why we believe it. Lent is also a time to look at the ways we are living our lives and ways our living is in harmony with our faith.
For many folks, Lent is a time of giving up something. I remember there were seasons when I would give up chocolate or sweets altogether. Many folks do that. Somewhere along the way, Lent became less a time to give up something and more a time of being intentional about something. That’s where 2019 finds me. I am praying to be more mindful, more thoughtful, more intentional as I move through 2019’s March into April days. These are days of shedding winter and waking up to spring. These are days when nature shows us in the most strongly gentle ways that more light is coming.
In the coming days, it is my hope to post a writing each morning. As I’ve been thinking about this coming season, I’ve chosen 7 companions for my journey: scripture, pilgrimage, spiritual words, songs, acts of giving, spiritual practices and prayer. As I move through the days of Lent, I will be writing about these seven themes, finding my way with them as my guides. I welcome you to walk with me through these 40 days. Some journeys are meant to be taken alone, some with a friend or two.
Most every morning I walk from the parking deck on Clairmont, back through the southern side of Lullwater Park on my way to work at Egleston. Almost every morning I take a picture of the sun’s rising. The walking, the listening, the breathing, the observing have all become ways I mark the beginning and ending of my days. Throughout this Lenten time, I will also include a sunrise picture from those walks. Each morning I am invited to start again, to see differently as I am making my way. Never the same twice, these morning and end-of-the-day walks. New each day. When I pay attention.
So, as we begin this Lenten season, I wish you an openness of spirit, heart and mind. Blessings to you on this journey.