Lent. A liturgical season I used to dread is now a welcome visitor. Our son once said, “I’m giving up Lent for Lent.” He is not drawn to the discipline of self-examination. More than giving up, Lent allows us time to look in – into our hearts, minds and affections. To take stock of what is broken and turn our shards and scars over to our maker’s refashioning hand. We surrender the things which bewitch and hold us too tightly. My students are memorizing Isaiah 43:19 this month, “Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” Are you walking the desert or wandering the wilderness? One of my favorite resources to read during this season is a compilation of Lenten poems, essays and Bible readings compiled by Sarah Arthur, Between Midnight and Dawn. I read them while walking our dog, Snuggles.
Use this short season of waiting to surrender and keep watch. Every moment, God is doing a new thing. Keep watch. Perceive.