Lent is fast approaching. A season that has often been defined by a sort of second chance at New Year’s Resolutions, Lent is often accompanied by painfully pointed questions from friends and family about what we’re giving up this year.
But the Church’s traditions during the Lenten season have a long and rich history. (Here’s a good place to start, if you’re interested.)
This year, we hope that you will allow yourself to think of Lent a little differently. First off, remember that it’s only a season. This isn’t the time to finally make that life-changing decision that you’ve been putting off indefinitely. It’s a time to intentionally focus on the temporary realities of those forty days so that you’re perspective on the rest of the year might be transformed.
Second, Lent isn’t all just about giving things up. It’s about doing things differently. It’s just as much about putting something in as it is about taking something out. Yes, Lent has often been defined as that time in which we all give up chocolate or carbonated beverages, but the idea is to fill that newly formed empty space in your life with something different.
Over the next few days, we’ll be sharing some thoughts from individuals in our community. Some of them love Lent; others are less enthused. They will tell you their Lenten plans, and, as we move through Lent, they’ll keep you updated on their experiences. Feel free to share your own Lenten reflections in the comments or on our Facebook page.
May this season of temporary change bring us gratitude for life, clear understandings of where we have come from, and wisdom for the future.