Tuesday, March 23, 2010

WHAT'S LEFT OF LENT


It's not too late to get in on what's left of Lent, redeeming its remaining days

COUNTING DOWN THE DAYS.  Many of us start Lent.  I wonder how many of us keep it to its conclusion?  My guess is that most folks, myself included, rarely stay focused for forty days.  It might have been different in days in which the pace was slower and information processing was not so complex and the things that push and pull us were fewer.  Who can even remember forty days ago?

LOST AMID MANYNESS & MUCHNESS.  Lent gets lost in the backwash as we speed through the weeks.  Lent is a victim of what Richard Foster calls “manyness and muchness.”  Lent is not blaring at us, is not selling us, not phoning us, not e-mailing or instant-messaging or sending us reminders by post.  Did it even have a chance?

DAYS OF KAIROS.  Nonetheless, here we are, turning onto the down stretch of Lent.  Maybe we've lost focus, given up on what it was we gave up for Lent, but we have opportunity to refocus ourselves and rejoin the journey.  Palm Sunday is 6 days away; Easter is fully 13 days off.  So it's not 40 days of preparation.  Still, one could commit to a pretty intensive and intentional spiritual discipline for the next two weeks.  Two weeks: it's enough time for a life's trajectory to be reset.  Two weeks in kairos time is an eternity.

NOT TOO LATE.  It's not too late to get in on Lent.  So what if others have been more faithful; it's not a contest.  And it's not about them; it's about grace.  Just don't waste this day.  Now's a good time.  Why not take this opportunity?

1 comment:

  1. What a great line: "So what if others have been more faithful; it's not a contest." If only we could see life like this!

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