March 7, 2014

Lent: Letting Go

"What are you giving up for Lent?"

Heard this much lately?

During the season of Lent, Christians around the world fast. Food. Social media. And there are those that add to their lives rather than take away. Exercise. Philanthropy.

Increasingly, I wonder whether Lent is really so much about subtraction or addition.

Rather, I wonder if it is really more about letting go.

Frozen soundtrack aside, this Ash Wednesday as ash was rubbed onto my forehead, I was reminded of my frailty, that I am not God. In that moment I began to wonder if this season is not more about letting go than anything else. What is it that God is asking me to let go of? Control? Ego? Anxiety?

This is what I'm wrestling with in these first few days of Lent.

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