“God does not wait for the world to get ready. He enters right into the mess…because He comes for the messy.”
— Katie Davis, missionary to Uganda
Lent is upon us — the season of Spring Cleaning for the Soul. That’s a good thing. I could use a good dusting every now and then, and now is as good a time as any. I suspect that if one were to conduct a poll, fewer and fewer people today would know what Lent is than would have known a decade or two ago. It seems (in a completely unscientific and biased opinion based upon personal observation) that attention has increasingly been drawn to Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras, or Carnival — times of decadent feasting and merriment, followed by nausea, headaches, and memory loss. Wait, I am sure there is a pill for that!
Lent is increasingly becoming a lost and forgotten season. Even amongst those who honor the 40 day season of self examination, prayer, and fasting, making it through all 40 days unscathed is rare. One woman admitted to me yesterday, “If I make it one week past Ash Wednesday with my good intentions, that’ll be a miracle!”
What is so hard about Lent? ...