Lent, Again

Lent, Again

“My old friend, what are you looking for?
After years abroad you’ve come back
with images you’ve nourished under foreign skies
far from you own country."

The years do go by. Mirrors reveal changes we undergo less so than photographs. My morning ritual of chasing away whiskers with a razor never elicits an, "I look so different today than yesterday!" Images made while vacationing years ago are an entirely different matter, as I gaze upon myself with darker hair and fewer wrinkles. A gulf exists between me and the younger image of me fixed in a database, or upon paper.

I've lived through many decades, in numerous locations. Every season of life, every circumstance has been unique. The old Zen teaching, "You can never step into the same river twice" has been my experience. The only way forward is, well, forward. The arrow of time flies but one direction: into the future.

What does this have to do with Lent? Much.

Christians experience both a sense of moving forward and backward in time during Lent. We remember the story of Jesus' journey to the cross, which took place approximately 2,000 years ago. We recall images of Jesus' life that we have nourished over the years and circumstances of our lives. Still, remembering does not transform the present into the past.  Remembering reconnects us to the past while we live into the future.

Lent is based upon lengthening hours of sunlight and brightening love for Christ that we cultivate during these weeks of preparing to celebrate Easter. The fruits of Lent are bestowed as we move into the future, which is an untrodden river. 

You may wonder what the future will bring. Light. Christians live into a future filled with Light. 

In Christ,
Pastor Jerry

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