As of yesterday, we’ve entered into the season of Lent. And right on time, our adept Parish Administrator Amelia, who is also quite a serious gardener, noticed some Hellebore flowers springing up under the tree by the driveway that are commonly called Lenten Roses. What is springing up in your mind and heart this Lent?
Every year on Ash Wednesday I stand before you and, in the words of the Book of Common Prayer, invite you to the observance of a holy Lent. Those are the exact words, actually. So, consider yourself invited, into this not-quite-winter-not-quite-spring season of the year, where the snow is on its way out but what’s next hasn’t quite arrived. For what arrivals are you waiting, this Lent?
On Ash Wednesday, we remember our mortality in a very poignant way. But we remember it to a purpose: living more fully, more humanely, and in a more godly way, right now. St. Paul says, “Now is the acceptable time; now is the day of salvation.” Lent reminds us that, no matter where we are on our journey, it’s time to get going. There really is no time like the present—it’s all we have, in fact. The past is gone, and there’s no guarantee as to the future. Now is the acceptable time—now, what?
I’ll let you fill that in for yourself—you and God together, in this season of Lent.