Today is Ash Wednesday. It is the first day of Lent, which is the 40 day period before Easter. When I think of Lent these words come to my mind: awakening , reflection, gratitude, repentance.
Lent is more than an ancient tradition observed by some. To me it is a time of “setting apart” for the next forty days. I find that I am more focused, more attentive to the where I am spiritually in my life. I allow myself to take extra time for this reflection. It is no coincidence that as this awakening begins in me; the earth is awakening from the cold, long winter. The earth is in the process of its own rebirth. I tell myself no matter how hard and long the winter may be, Spring always comes. Each day there are more and more signs of it.
The birds are louder and their songs sounds more joyous because the sun is coming up sooner, warming the ground, making it easier to find food.
Spring reminds us that God made a promise after Noah made a sacrifice “While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.” Genesis 8:22.
Lent can allow us to make a sacrifice in thankfulness to this promise of the new season.
Perhaps by observing Lent, it gives me the opportunity to be more aware of God’s goodness and his beauty. I can reflect on his sacrifice, to repent of anything I’ve allowed to come between us and to love God with an undivided heart.
How do you observe Lent? I’d love to hear your thoughts and opinions .