It's Lent. After some people partied like rock stars on Fat Tuesday, Ash Wednesday begins the season of reflection and for some penance and somber reflection on the gift given to us in the suffering and death of a Savior.
We know how the story ends on the cross. We also know there is a new beginning. We know the new beginning already, even as we witness the lies, the cheating and backstabbing and torture.
We know that there is a shiny new beginning on Easter morning when Jesus rises. I don't know about you, but I am thankful to know there is a happy beginning and no end.
I am not giving up anything in particular for the season. I am planning to add more to my faith life through reading the Bible more frequently and we plan to reaffirm that sharing of devotional time with our family. These are things that ebb and flow in our home so today acted as a reminder to refocus.
The Husband and I had a conversation about this season. He suggested that we should be remembering the Christ's act of unselfish love and salvation every day of the year. Don't get me wrong, he's not all somber, like a Monty Python monk, hitting himself with a board. It's more that he wants to embrace the new beginning, still recognizing how we got there, being thankful and penitent each day but celebrating too, that we are a resurrection people.
However you walk through this season, it is about you and your relationship with God. It's not about what other people think. It's about getting closer to God. And the truth is, each day of the year, we can take the opportunity, make that choice and grow closer to Him. We don't need a special day or a special season. All we need is the desire.