1 Corinthians 10:13 and James 1:2-12
I love the liturgical seasons of the church year. And I love the idea of being “invited to the observance of a holy Lent” as stated in the prayers for Ash Wednesday. As I prepared this devotion, I reflected on what that might mean. A holy Lent. What does a “holy Lent” look like?
The tried and true spiritual practices suggested for this season are important and I will use them. Many are discussed in today’s readings, especially in the area of temptations. They provide helpful insights and necessary tools for our journey.
Still, I found myself wanting Lent this year to be in some way, different. I yearned for a deeper journey into the mystery of this holy time. I wondered about having a personal purpose or intention for this Lenten season.
Holding this desire in quiet prayer, over time an intention slowly emerged. Something like this: My personal intention for Lent is to embrace a deepening evolving relationship with God, of loving God more - on a daily basis. On the surface, this seems obvious. After all, it is the season of Lent. But the deep knowing that I experienced in recognizing this intention tells me it is much more. It is an attitude of and from my heart. And it is my way to live a holy Lent.
How about you? What does a holy Lent look like for you? What do you need for your journey?
May it be for you a Holy Lent.