It’s almost cliché, isn’t it? My first post this year is on the first day of Lent. I think it’s safe to say Lent is my favorite part of the Catholic calendar. Does that sound weird?
Lent is ash on my forehead. Lent is fasting and abstinence and purging my soul. Lent is haunting hymns. Lent is sorrow and pain and deprivation and all the things that are considered ugly about human existence. Lent is death. But Lent is also hope. It’s the reminder of everything this world is. Drought. Then rain. Aslan dying. And then resurrecting. Death. And Life after.
Lent is honesty with God. Look, Lord. It’s just me here. With my flaws and imperfections and I’m unworthy, Lord. Many times, I even forget to pray.
Did I ever tell you how I sometimes envy Muslims their dedication to prayer? Seriously, good Muslims are #dedicationgoals. I see them stop conversations abruptly so they can go pray. And I think with shame of all the times my phone buzzes that it’s time for my prayer, and I snooze it so I can finish watching YouTube. God. Help your child.
I’m learning that I can hear the Holy Spirit in others. In their words. In their conduct. In people I’d flippantly judge as sinners (because you know, they sin differently from me). God will speak through whomever and whatever He wishes. I just need to keep my eyes and ears open.
I have a couple of posts on Lent so I’ll just post the links here and you can check them out.
Things To Give Up For Lent: For Lent, we’re encouraged to give up bad habits and some licit pleasures. I list a few ideas in the post, for inspiration only. Interestingly, 40 days seems to be a long enough time to loosen the hold of certain addictions. Testimony time. I used to be crazy about Twitter and Instagram. Now, I’m a little less crazy.
A Lenten Reflection on Faith: I reflect on how my search for God (or God’s search for me, depends on your perspective) led me from the Catholic Faith to the Pentecostals and back. I once read something along the lines of “If you’ve never doubted your faith, you don’t understand it.” Small comfort.
Here’s wishing you a productive Lent. See you next week! 🙂
And if you’ve wondered, I’ve been busy working on a new project with some of my friends. Check out blazersandbaby.com, a website designed for working moms. It’s still pretty raw but you might like it 🙂