Lent and Changing Winds

What if Lent isn't all a downer?

March is certainly upon us.

In the Church we here in the northern hemisphere often feel Lenten...cold, dark, almost hibernatingly wildernessy, a bit stretched to our limits in the wintery mess of weather and climate here atl home.

Yet, this year there is growth, sun, and bursting spring. Lenten disciplines that usually are part of the season (and often are needed) like minor keyed music, lament and sorrow about the state of the world and our personal lives, and contemplative dark evening prayers are all out of whack.

I simply cannot mourn and grieve when the sun is shining. And, maybe that is a Lenten reality after all.

In Lent we re-imagine Jesus' 40 days in the wilderness, Noah's 40 days of flood, the Israelites' 40 years in the desert and model from them.

Yet, all those days and nights couldn't have been terrible 24/7. The animals on the ark had to have brought delight and wonder to Noah and the other 7 humans on board. The wilderness blooms, I am told.

The 40 years had plenty of meat and bread...and I cannot imagine that some of the livestock on that journey didn't offer milk, eggs, and other choices of protein. Where have I been all these years? How could I have missed the laughter and silliness of monkeys on the ark, the children playing & growing along the way to the Promised Land, the cacti and birds and flowers in the desert?

Maybe this year's weather of 75 degree in these last winter days has opened up a whole new imagining of the 40 days, days and nights, and years that have accompanied our Christian tradition for so long.

Maybe it's time to see beyond the temptations, trials and terrors to that which sustained the folks in each of these 40 count time lines.

Even in death there is life.

Come! See the islands of Lent that are left. (Those are the Sundays that are not included in the 40 days' count.) Be part of a community of believers that keeps going in spite of tough times.  Wasn't it Einstein that said, “When you are going through hell keep gong?” 

Yes, we need to celebrate the days we have! They may not be what we are used to or what is thought to be 'normal' … and that, in itself, is how life comes to us at unexpected times and places...and maybe how God gives us resurrection surprises when we are certainly not looking for them.

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Debbie S. March 23, 2012 at 05:25 PM
I agree that this certainly has been a strange Lenten season! But yes, we need to celebrate life's treasures and God's gifts - be they days, sun, or forgiveness - when we find them where we least expected.


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