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What does it mean to observe a Holy Lent?
Does one give something up or take something on?
I’m thinking about giving something up. Or, maybe it’s taking something on?
Which ever, it began on Ash Wednesday when I threw out the sermon I wrote and preached from my heart, right off the cuff. Yes, I knew what I wanted to say, I just wanted to say it differently than I had written it. I’m thinking I may do that for most, if not all of Lent. Pray about the readings. Have a good idea of what I want to say and focus on. But just allow myself the freedom to listen to the Spirit and say what comes to me on Sunday morning.
This week I plan to say something about the chaos that God led Noah into, how difficult it must have been for Noah to take that journey into the deep waters of faith, and how awesome it must have been to end up in that new place. I may mention that God went into that unknown with Noah and in the end made a covenant of love with all humanity. I’ll connect that to observing a holy Lent, which in the Episcopal Book of Common Prayer includes the following:
Fasting and self-denial
Reading and meditating on God’s holy word
And for this Sunday I’ll focus on fasting – fasting from the need to know everything, from the desire for control, from hanging on to each step along the way – fasting from all of that and just stepping out into the unknown and letting God be God, letting God take one to a new place.
Then again, maybe the Spirit will lead me in another direction when I finally speak on Sunday. And, just in case I chicken out I have a sermon from 7 years ago that I’ll have ready to go….
What about you? How are you observing a Holy Lent and where is the Spirit leading you?
The Rev. Terri C. Pilarski is an Episcopal priest serving in Dearborn, MI. A member of the RevGalBlogPals and blogger since 2006, she blogs at seekingauthenticvoice.blogspot.com
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