Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Ash Wednesdsay 2010 - Lent Begins, Into the Desert We Journey
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.