Lent 2011

March 7th, 2011 Posted in writing

This year the coming of spring in the upper Midwest coincides with the start of Lent, and that has set me to thinking how I might slant my observance of Lent.

Maybe nature provides a clue, for in the last few days, sunshine and relatively warm temperatures have melted a lot of snow, thus laying bare what had lain invisible beneath the snow since mid-January. There are dead spots in the lawn, to be sure, but also green patches that hold promises of growth.

If I transpose this to the spiritual realm, maybe my Lenten practice this year should be to pray for God’s love to disclose whatever has been covered up in my life, whether good or bad. Then I can decide whether it calls for gratitude or repentance.

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