There are two moment that matter. One is when you know that your one and only life is absolutely valuable and alive. The other is when you know your life, as presently lived, is entirely pointless and empty. You need both of them to keep you going in the right direction. Lent is about both.
– Richard Rohr, Wondrous Encounters
Lent begins Wednesday,
Some followers of Jesus observe Lent – some don’t. For some, the ritual and tradition is deeply meaningful to the spiritual journey; for others, it’s a strange, foreign concept.
For those of us who aren’t religious at all, it’s easy to ignore completely.
Let me invite you to consider being aware of this season leading up to Easter in a new way – regardless of your knowledge or experience of Lent. Rohr says it well:
It seems that we need beginnings, or everything eventually devolves and declines into unnecessary and sad endings.
Beginnings are good. Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent, gives us a natural beginning; the chance to let some things slip away, and to welcome something new.
I was raised in a religious tradition that observed Lent. I always approached it as simply a time to give something up until Easter; the meaning was lost on me, honestly.
But in the last several years, I’ve come to appreciate the value of this season. I didn’t figure it out on my own, and it’s not something I learned at church. A few books, articles, and experiences cracked the door open for a deeper meaning – one that has infused my journey with awareness and joy. It’s been a great surprise, this adventure; the title of Rohr’s book is no lie. Wondrous Encounter.
Maybe you’re ready for this sort of new beginning. This little book will help.
(Find a copy here.)