I like the sound of Lent…
I like the sound of Lent – I like the mournful, steady pace of the liturgy and the deep tonal voice of the hymns. Lent is my time to sink into silence and dwell deeply about who I am in relationship to God and to those around me. I do my best to take advantage of this time – I mostly fail – and then I begin again.
Always I begin again.
In my many years of living, so far, the lesson that I have valued the most is the one that reminds me that I am not perfect. It’s not that I’m trying to be extra humble or anything honorable like that it’s just reality. I prefer to live in reality and stretch for exceptional.
Being able to accept my own fragile being helps me greatly in accepting those around me and gives me the space to say: people are by and large a good and they work ever so hard to achieve that goodness, they fail just as I do, and then they pick themselves up and they begin again, just as I do. I like the rhythm of this and the nature of it and the grace of it.
I don’t consider my beginning again a failure – for then who would ever succeed. I consider my beginning again an achievement in perseverance and perhaps a bit of stubbornness. I consider my beginning again a gift from the God who not only loves me but cheers for me.
Every day offers to us the opportunity to begin again – I encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity.