Preparation for Easter. That is the point of Lent, but it never goes as I plan it. My ideas for Lenten preparation include quiet and peaceful self-examination, extra time reading the scriptures, cutting out some of the business of life…generally I intend it to be a time more spiritual and meditative. Less hectic. Those veterans … More Lenten Meditation: Never as Planned
I have a headache…and I am grumpy. My doctor had put me on a pretty strict diet prior to Lent. For several weeks prior it really wasn’t that hard. Still, I didn’t want to be overly ambitious for Lent, so I didn’t add much…just a few small things. Beyond that I have tried to order … More Meditation on Lent: Dust
James Veitch, a very funny Youtuber, has noted in a Ted Talk that while the internet gives us access to everything, it also gives everything access to us. It opens one more door into our daily lives for those who would sell us something, tell us something, convince us of something. Billboards, radio, television, social media, … More Meditation on Lent: Silence
For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death. For see what earnestness this godly grief has produced in you… what fear, what longing (II Corinthians 7:10-11) “God’s kindness is meant to lead [us] to repentance” (Romans 2:4). Yet we tend to live in the extremes. Either we fail … More Meditation on Lent: Fear and Longing
Deuteronomy 8:11&ff: Take care lest you forget the Lord your God…when you have eaten and are full and have built good houses and live in them, and when your herds and flocks multiply and your silver and gold is multiplied and all that you have is multiplied, then your heart be lifted up and your … More Meditation on Lent: Gratitude
I have seen several admonitions that this Lent we ought to fast things like greed, suspicion, judgmental attitudes, anger, gossip, bitterness. No doubt the encouragement is well intended. And there is a core truth to it. The central theme of the Ash Wednesday service is “rend your heart and not your garments.” We must never … More Meditation on Lent: Confession
Sometimes we need simplicity, particularly in our complex world. Yet we often make the mistake of thinking ‘simple’ means easy. That is not the case. I once got lost in London…it was quite easy to do. But tracing my steps on a map afterwards did not create a simple pattern.The simplest path between two points … More Meditation on Lent: Hard simplicity.