Here we go again. Lent. Today in many churches in Watertown, people will be marked with a cross of ashes and invited to observe a holy Lent. Many folks have walked this path before. Been there. Done that. Got the t-shirt. Why do it again?
Although our theologies vary somewhat, those of us who observe Lent have a hunch that while self-examination and self-denial aren’t fun, they lead somewhere. If done with an eye towards learning to love more fully, to understand God’s love — and our need for it — more fully, then the “hard stuff” of Lent creates a path worth walking, again and again.
Even though the paths of Watertown are pretty clearly marked and well-tended, those who walk them can feel like they live in a wilderness. I thought about this as I walked by the Charles this morning (see above). Life can feel hard, lonely, overwhelming. Our efforts to love can feel inadequate, prove misguided. At our church, we’re talking about the “modern wilderness” this Lent. Not sure we have all the answers, but we have a lot of holy questions, and we trust in a God who promises to be on the journey with us. So we’re making a start.
I wish you a holy Lent and blessings as you walk the path ahead.