I love lent.
Cue United Pursuit‘s Live at the Banks Album.
Seriously, I do. It sounds crazy, but I love the intentionality of this season as it invites us into the disciplines with intent to return to God with our whole heart. Joel 2:13 says, “Yet even now, says the Lord, repent and return to me with all your heart.”
Every year is a distinct growth point in life, the shedding of another shell of life. Each year brings something unique to us and call for something different from us. 1
For the past several years, I have entered this season, with some sort of fast, as would be expected. Sometimes my fasting has included abstaining from certain media outlets or participating in a Daniel Fast. This year is no exception, as I am participating with friends, in what we have come to know as the ec[fod.40]. It will indeed be a distinct point of growth in 2012.
In shopping for this fast, I have already realized how much of a challenge it will be on all fronts (physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually). Thankfully, I have a community of support and will no doubt learn much from them during this season.
Lent calls each of us to renew our ongoing commitment to the implications of the Resurrection in our own lives, here and now. 110
Lent is not a ritual. It is a time given to think seriously about who Jesus is for us, to renew our faith from the inside out. 111
I pray that you + I might be more fully aware of God in this season.
*quotes taken from The Liturgical Year by Joan Chittister