Lent Day 2 Reflection
Lent is a season to be stretched in our way of thinking, our way of doing, and ultimately our way of being. Before you exercise—if you follow the advice of your P.E. teacher—you should stretch your muscles to be fully engaged for a new activity. You’re telling your tendons, “Are you ready for this? HERE. WE. GO.”
For Lent, you may choose to give up something, whether it is a dietary item or a regular practice in your life, but it’s pretty pointless if you’re not doing it in order to prepare yourself for something new. Lent is one of my favorite seasons because of the great tension it presents; give up something in your normal routine of life in order to take on a new way of living; join in an old tradition in order to be renewed in your faith journey.
Removal and renewal.
Another tension presented with Ash Wednesday and the weeks that follow is a particular focus on both human depravity and God’s mercy. The ashes marked on the forehead communicate the cold hard truth of our mortality, yet the sign of the Cross is the symbol of eternal life through Christ. Psalm 24:3-4 says,
Who may ascend into the hill of the LORD?
And who may stand in His holy place?
He who has clean hands…
Well, it ain’t gonna be me!
I’m not clean enough,
prayed up enough,
I’m not enough.
Yet, Jesus tells his disciples again and again,
Don’t be afraid.
I assure you,
I pray that you will have the assurance of God’s forgiveness at the forefront of your mind as we begin Lent. No sin can be hidden from God, nor from the cleansing of Christ’s saving. Every kind of injustice, every kind of violence, all pornographies of humanity’s desires can be conquered by the liberating power of Jesus Christ. Before we run in such freedom, sometimes we have to learn how to walk, so let this season of Lent—derived from a word meaning “springtime”—bring new life to you. Stretch your muscles, feel some resistance, push through the pain, and seek the face of God.
Are you ready for this?
Our church family is participating in daily devotionals, and we invite you to join the conversation as we head towards Easter. Comment below and share your own reflections.