- Lenten Journey
On Tuesday we began our journey through lent. We started with a brief worship service, just as we always do, and then talked about the journey that we would be taking together. The first week was the way of the child, where we explored what it is to be God’s child. The second week is the way of the wolf, where we explore what it is to walk with the great silver wolf, the ever present Holy Spirit that leads us to the edge of the wilderness. The third week is the week of the eagle, where we explore what it means to walk in the wilderness under the long range vision of the soaring eagle. Then we explore the temptations of Christ, one a week.
Our first week was emotional. I led a guided meditation that took us into the presence of the divine. Everyone had a different experience. For some it was deeply emotional: meeting with Jesus, or parents, being a child in the presence of those who deeply love and care for us. For others the meditation led nowhere and the experience was found through the eyes of others and their stories. We could feel the presence of the divine in the room, and each of us connected in very different ways.
Lent is a time of deep reflection and waiting. It’s a wilderness time when we fast to connect more deeply with God. We fast from TV into a book that challenges our faith. We fast from a night in the pub into a worship service or group that connects us to a community of faith. We fast from chocolate, or biscuits, or maybe cake. Or perhaps we fast from ingratitude, or fear, or from lying. Maybe we fast from judgment, or from negativity, or from guilt. We join Jesus in the wilderness where we empty ourselves of the past, ground ourselves anew in the present, and allow the future to be a creation of the God who so desperate loves us is the most authentic expression of who we truly are. Jesus goes to the cross, and we go to new life.
May you enter Lent with a commitment to the journey, and may you be blessed.