The Promise of Lent
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Lent begins today with Ash Wednesday. This evening, we will be headed to church for the disposition of ashes. It is a time of reflection that leads to the promise of the Resurrection.
I like Lent. Every year it provides a framework for reflection, a time to slow down and think during our busy lives. I like the fact that I won't have to plan evening meals for two days a week starting next Wednesday.
One of the traditions of my church is a soup supper and fellowship during Lent. As a family, we always have fish on Fridays in Lent. Two evening meals planned for me.
Every year I choose something to work on in my life. This year I am increasing my whole grains. My husband calls it choosing a vice or a virtue. I don't see it so simply. When you release one thing, there is a vacuum that must be filled. So although I am dropping white flour, what really happens is making sure my choices are healthy ones.
My personal reflections for this season will include mindfulness. I need to be aware of the choices I make every minute or every hour of every day.
The Promise of Lent is that of a New Life as I prepare myself spiritually and physically to be a worthy vessel.