It’s that time of year again. Winter brings snow and cold, but also a time of quiet. It’s time to prepare our hearts for Lent which begins this year on February 17th with Ash Wednesday. We can think about Lent as a journey. Think about the journeys we take, some long journeys that can take days, even weeks to complete.
Journeys have their ups and downs. We don’t really expect them to go smoothly. If we are going to drive cross country, we may expect a few car problems, some bad weather, some detours, some missed connections. We try to prepare for those things, and we deal with them as they come up. We take along a few snacks, maps, tools, and a spare tire.
Often, when people go along on the journey of Lent, something goes wrong. We have a bad day, we get distracted, we forget to pray and read the Bible and we think badly of ourselves. But it would be a lot better to see Lent as a gift, a time to take care of our spiritual selves, the same way we take care of our bodies, our homes, and our vehicles.
Don’t expect Lent to be a perfect journey. It will have its ups and downs. Rather, be present to the gift of Lent. Give yourself time to spend with the Lord. Understand there may be challenges along the way. Be curious about how you can grow during this time when the ground is frozen, and we are still in the midst of a pandemic. Find ways to share God’s love with others.
On Ash Wednesday and throughout Lent you will receive a daily email scripture meditation for your prayer time. We’ll be praying for you as we journey together to the joy of Easter.
Pastor Linda Miles