Welcome to Lent!!
(If you’re coming into this brand new, you might want to check out my first post in this series, so you don’t mistake this for any sort of ‘proper’ Lenten observance.)
How was your fourth week of Lent?
Mine was calmer, more … hopeful, I guess, though not without plenty of ‘excitement’ that I’d really rather bypass!
I think that is my lesson from this Lent: I can once again find calm in the midst of the storms.
That was never a problem for me until a few years ago, then it became a 100%, all the time, everywhere, problem. NOT a transformation I was cheerful about!
Last year I learned that I could trust God again. This year (at least a little) that I can find calm again. It certainly gives me hope for future years, within Lent and without!
Now, at the opposite end of the ‘peace’ spectrum, check out this week’s ‘First Reading’ from the Lectionary!
I have always found this passage from Ezekiel kind of disturbing. It’s intriguing sometimes, when I’m feeling like all of my bones are dried and scattered, but a lot more of the time it’s just creepy. Can’t complain about that last verse though:
“I will put my spirit within you, and you shall live, and I will place you on your own soil; then you shall know that I the Lord have spoken and will act.”
That’s all kinds of okay with me!
If you are making use of the week Lenten verses, here they are all in one place.
Or, if you prefer to pick one or two at a time:
Ezekiel 37:1-14 (Yes, if you’re wondering, I used The Message on this one because the passage itself doesn’t make a bit of sense to me, so at least with The Message I have the comfort of the WORDS feeling familiar and comprehensible!)
This week’s PRAYERS are a perfect complement to a bit more peaceful week too. The thematic prayers seem like old friends by now, and the scriptural prayer just seems to say everything that Lent, and Easter, need to say.
And, of course, we have Lenten ART ! I have to admit that for Ezekiel, the dark, grim feel that that ‘high’ art generally inspires in me seems fitting. I can’t see myself ever wanting it hanging on the wall, but the Vision of Ezekiel has a certain appeal.
The next, Lent Post will be…. Sunday, 9 April.