“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.”
– Galatians 5:22-23
Growing up in a Pentecostal denomination, Lent Season was not observed as the Catholic Church and other Protestant denominations do. Sure, as a young Christian, I learned Easter was the culmination of our faith. I looked forward to Good Friday’s sermon where Jesus’ last words were reflected upon. Then Easter arrived; it wasn’t just about the new outfit and bonnet (though as a child, I have nice memories and photos to show), but experiencing the gift of grace through the sacrificial lamb.
Now with Ash Wednesday and Lent added to my Easter experience, it’s another opportunity to grow in my faith. I don’t focus on giving up something, as much as taking on something. Here’s where you are probably saying: really? my life is full enough. But hear me out. I’m not by any means suggesting taking on a huge project (unless that’s what you really want to do and if so, go for it). What works for me is to intentionally take moments to slow down; be more present; show kindness; be patient with myself and others; and experience life. I liken it to Dr. Brown’s (Senior Minister at Marble Collegiate) recent sermon on ‘Four Roads to Life.’ He talked about experiencing life through the personal, relational, societal, and spiritual areas of our lives. They can lead us to live life in its fullness. This might just help me re-experience the gift of GRACE when Easter arrives.
May your Lent experience be what your soul/spirit longs for.