Feb 28, 2020

Lenten Message

 

People often don’t look forward to Lent. Childhood memories of giving up candy or sitting through weekly rituals come immediately to mind. Words like “sacrifice,” “discipline,” and “self-denial” are often used in ways that suggest that Lent is something to be endured rather than a time of grace and spiritual growth.

Have you ever thought of Lent as a yearly second chance? 


Each year the Church gives us six weeks to take a long, loving look at our lives to see if our values and priorities are in line with God’s desires for us. Since most of us find that we’ve wandered from God’s path, Lent becomes that second chance, or do-over, to “return to God with our whole heart.”


The season of Lent can become a very meaningful time of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving for individuals and communities. As you journey through this annual second chance, remember that each step brings you closer to the welcoming arms of our loving God.  


Perhaps you might choose a daily ritual each day of Lent.  Some feel called to deepen their prayer life. Some feel called to focus on the planet and to promise to stop using plastic at stores or paper cups at coffee shops.  Perhaps this year you might take up some helpful ways to care for the planet.


At Trinity, we’ll spend extra time pondering how Lent can be a season of prayer.  Watch for ways to make prayer a central part of your daily life and how this Lent you might just experience the gift of prayer in your routine at home, for a daily walk or perhaps through yoga or a personal journal. Blessings as you share the meaningful journey of Lent.