Yes, it’s almost that time of year again. One of my favorite times of year: Lent!
I know what you’re probably thinking. “Lent? That’s so depressing! You’re supposed to give stuff up, and fast, and give money away, and reflect on your shortcomings, and stuff like that!”
But I say it proudly: I love Lent. Because Lent is all about love. Forty days of falling deeper in love.
That’s what the fasting, the giving things up and away, and the reflection really mean. When you do those things, this is what you’re really saying:
I love you, God.
I love you more than food.
I love you more than Facebook, or chocolate, or whatever other thing I’m giving up.
I love you more than riches.
I love you more than my comforting illusions about myself.
And if I don’t? Well, I should!
And I’m going to take some time to just think about how beautiful you are, how much you love justice and mercy, how much you went through to save us from ourselves.
These forty days are time for me to get closer to you. To put everything else aside and just be with you.
This Lent, I want to share with you some of the story of how God has loved me. How God patiently, tenderly, joyfully beckoned me closer all my life, and how God is still calling me out of fear, deeper into love.
I can’t wait to get started.
Oh yeah, we have to get through that Mardi Gras thing first.
I know, I know, I’m weird.