I can tell Lent is upon us because today I got out the catalogs to order Easter and Holy week worship bulletins! Ash Wednesday is February 17.
Last week though, someone said to me, “I didn’t realize that Presbyterians celebrate lent”. Yes, Presbyterians celebrate Lent. Actually, you may have noticed that after Ash Wednesday, the music becomes much more solemn. The readings are about Jesus’ journey to Jerusalem and what he did on the way. The pulpit and table hangings change to deep purple.
Another question might be: “But how do I keep the Lenten observance at home”? Setting aside time for observing the faithful practices of prayer, meditation on scripture, fasting, or journaling certainly is one way. Making the Ash Wednesday and Lenten Prayer services part of your Lenten discipline is another. (Did you ever notice that the word “discipline” is from the same root word as “disciple”?)
The gospel story is the true story of our lives. We take the Lenten journey with Jesus as he faces disappointment, dread, confrontation, hope, adulation, betrayal, suffering, death, and victory. In short, it is the journey of our lives writ large with the hand of God. Lent is the time to let the faith story interpret our lives and give them meaning.
“Oh, Lamb of God, Have mercy upon us and keep us from the smallness of our lives that would take precedence over kneeling in Jerusalem”. (Ann Weems)
Peace and Grace,