A bit late…but…still appropriate for the start of the Lenten season.
“You who are marked by the cross, this Lent, may you know mortality and find trust there, may you know the arrabon, the Holy Spirit, who promises more to come, and find hope there, and at the intersection of life and death may you see Jesus, and find love. Go in peace, Amen.”
This quote was on my friend Christin’s Facebook page, and it comes from her church’s Ash Wednesday benediction. I find this quote to be particularly true for us this year as we have looked at mortality in a way we have not before.
Are you fasting this year for Lent? I am *trying* to avoid dessert. It’s particularly hard to do so while staring at a new birthday gift from sister Sarah; a cookbook entitled Milk & Cookies. But, the goal of fasting is less about what I’m “giving up” and more about where my heart is. This year I’ve committed to intentionally pray each day for a friend, a family member, and a stranger. And by “intentionally” I mean that I’m waiting to see what the Holy Spirit places on my heart, not necessarily praying for things I know need prayer. Does that make any sense?
Also, I’m eating a chocolate chip scone as I type this. I made them for breakfast this morning which means it’s not dessert. Wink.