The Lenten Journey
Our Lenten Journey begins early this year with Ash Wednesday on February 10. We will have barely cleaned up from Super Bowl festivities and we will be set on a path from death to life: a true movement from the ridiculous to the sublime.
Have you ever thought about our Lenten Journey as a movement from death to life? It truly is. On Ash Wednesday, we are reminded of our mortality with the somber words, “Remember you are dust and to dust you shall return.” But the mark of the ash is not a shapeless form. The Ash smudge is a cross, reminding us that our entire existence is in God’s hands. We see this movement from death to life in the earth around us. We move from stark earth to tender greens, to buds that will blossom when the time is right. Even the days are getting longer as we move to the time of rebirth.
Join us in the journey this Lent. Let us mark the time together, witness the mystery together, and celebrate new life in our midst. To help prepare us, I share this poem by Susan Palo Cherwien:
Whether we want it or not
life in space and time sweeps us along on a journey
Time is in motion
Space is in motion
We live on a turning planet circling a star
and the star with all its companions moves through space
in one spiral arm of a large galaxy
which is moving in a circular journey through space and time.
We are on a journey of becoming
Whether we want to be or not.
The church year, most especially in Lent,
is an opportunity to do this consciously
to participate consciously in becoming
in transforming rather than just being
When we follow Christ into Lent
we turn onto a path into wilderness
where we may encounter hard rocky places
but that will lead us out into the gold
of the Easter dawn.