The season of Lent began this week on Ash Wednesday. Ash Wednesday is one of those few times throughout the year that we literally wear our faith for the world to see. Any other time of year it’s pretty easy to hide, but walking around with a big black cross on our foreheads is a pretty bold statement. And it’s not a statement of pride or strength or piety, at least it’s not supposed to be. Honestly, if that’s why we do it, we’ve got it all wrong. It’s a statement of our understanding of our own weakness, our humanity.
Admittedly, it is countercultural for us to acknowledge, much less embrace, our weakness and our humanity. Our culture tells us that it is not OK to show our flaws, either in word or deed. But that is what the season of Lent is all about. We must admit that are human. We are mortal, we are fallible and we do sin. And for these next 40 days leading up to Easter, we will live into that reality, submitting ourselves to God’s unconditionally cleansing and purifying love.
Lent is a journey of preparation. Not just preparation for the celebration of Easter, but also preparation for our souls to be what God intends them to be: eternal beings, joyfully soaring through the peace that surpasses all earthly understanding, closer and closer to the heart of God. Come join us on this journey of Lent as we begin our Lenten series “The God We Can Know” this Sunday.
Rev. Eve Williams