Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Ash Wednesdsay 2010 - Lent Begins, Into the Desert We Journey

Lent arrives almost without announcement. It seems to just be here without warning, even though I have known it was coming. There are many practical reasons why I pay attention to Lent... my work at a parish, my ministries at St. Edward's are two. And then there is just my own rhythm of faith.

Yet - like so many things, suddenly, it is just here.

This year I am reminded of this vision... I am walking in a lush garden, filled with delight and as I round a bend, suddenly I am in the desert. The desert - seemingly barren, lifeless, looming and silent.

In the garden, I can hide in plain sight - obscured by overgrowth, color and sound. Out here, I am vulnerable with no place to make myself absent, no shelter, no shade.

I was just in a conversation with someone who said that they couldn't quite get their head around Lent yet and I replied, too rapidly as I often do. My words said this, there is nothing to get your head around, just breath and walk into the desert.

Who am I kidding? How does one do this?

Here are the readings for today, that should help. In the meantime, my spirit is going to want a big floppy hat, sunscreen and some dark glasses. I don't think I will be able to find anything like that out there... and that is probably a good thing.

7 comments:

  1. "my spirit is going to want a big floppy hat, sunscreen and some dark glasses."
    That is priceless. Into the desert!

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  2. I'm breathing and walking.... Thanks for the inspiration, Frannie!

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  3. I like your image of garden and desert. Thank you, Fran.
    I wish you a glorious Lent :-)
    Blessings.

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  4. Here it is again, is right. I feel the same way about Lent.

    A (I don't think good is quite the word I am looking for here) enlightening Lent Season to you, Fran.

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  5. It is good to journey together, though apart, in the desert of our beings.

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  6. Happy Lent, Fran.

    (If you need sunscreen, a floppy hat and dark glasses, I can't even begin to imagine what I need. Perhaps a biohazard suit that reflects UVA and UVB rays?)

    Still, I am looking forward to seeing what this exposure does to my spirit.

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  7. Fran, your incisive comments about feeling exposed and vulnerable in the wilderness touched off remembrance of an old hymn:

    Father, I lift my hand to Thee
    No other help I know
    If Thou withdraw Thy help from me
    O whither shall I go?

    I now have an anthem to lift me on this journey. Thank you for being the instrument to bring this back to me!

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