Once again Lent begins today with Ash Wednesday services around the world.
Christians start Lent with ashes on our foreheads as a reminder that we are dust, and to dust we shall return (ie, life is a gift and we are stewards of it during our time here on this planet.) The 40 days of Lent are a time to clean up our act (spiritually speaking.)
Kind of like Marie Kondo tidying up? Watching a few of her shows has inspired me to tidy up intentionally. Starting with messy dresser tops (so cluttered they couldn’t be dusted) I’ve moved on to sorting one small drawer at a time.
Lent is like that, a time to intentionally clean out our internal spiritual homes: to empty closets of excess everythings, clear our pantries of pride and self indulgence, and de-clutter our entryways of indifference and apathy. To clean out hallways of negative thoughts and vibes targeted at others. To drain our furnaces of leaky fears (that often burn up our desires to do good things.) To get rid of (any & all) kernels of hate hiding in the cracks of our basements.
Lent is also a time to grab a scrub brush and go deeper – to thoroughly scrub out the yucky stuff clogging the drains of our hearts. Things we need to let go, things that need changing, and things that may need forgiveness attention (of God & of ourselves.)
Using a big Lenten scrub brush (aided by lots of prayer) we can clean out our spiritual homes to make room for more of the good stuff that sparks joy in our hearts:
Love (the biggie of our faith), Grace, Mercy, Peace, Joy, Goodness, Kindness, Self Control, Wisdom, Gratitude, Humility … plus a desire to love God with all our hearts, minds, souls, spirits (basically our whole beings) — and love our neighbors as ourselves.
We give up stuff for Lent to draw closer to Jesus, but we also do things that strengthen our faith – more prayer(s), fasting, Scripture reading, heading to church more often, volunteering, sharing our resources… (& doing post-a-day Lenten gigs.) 🙂
As we begin our Lenten journeys, take time to reflect – what areas of our lives need tidying up? What areas need scrub brushes? How can we make room for more of God’s love to flow through us to others (& ourselves?)
To truly spark joy – the joy of Jesus – when Easter rolls around.
Virginia : )
p.s. Once again Virginia will attempt her post-a-day Lenten gig, but this time she is plotting a slightly different format. For weekdays streamlined blog posts (a quickie quote & pic) & slightly longer reflections on special days (Sundays inclusive.) Hope you will join me on this journey – blessings & Lenten hugs!