Easter is in two months! What can we accomplish by then? I hope for new birth, a great harvest of souls with rejoicing and celebration! I pray that we will give ourselves fully to the Lord’s path. I recommend embracing holy rhythms for lent this year. Lent begins February 14th and Easter is April 1.
St. Benedict described his monastic Rule as the Opus Dei, “the work of God.” That work was to be organized around a daily rhythm of prayer, study, and labor. We could state the rhythm this way:
In worship, we pray the prayer of Christ.
In formation, we learn the mind of Christ.
In outreach, we do the deeds of Christ.
What about an exploration of God’s gift of time? How can we live with eternity in mind for the next 8 weeks? How can we combat a stressed, “to-do list” mentality and embrace a different posture toward each day? What role might holy habits play in shaping the person we are becoming in Christ?
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 speaks of times and seasons (a time for…):
“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing; a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to throw away; a time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace.
God’s gift of time to us every day cannot be taken for granted. We are entering a spiritual season of dying, weeping, mourning, and silence. Will we receive each as a gift from God? Winter also brings with it dormancy, darkness, barrenness, idleness, and stillness. Yet, this scenery has a beautiful and hope-filled quality to it. It is only through embracing spiritual emptiness and facing our own mortality that we can be filled, transformed and awakened.”
The reality is that we cannot have it all. Only through sacrifice, refraining from some things, and surrender will an Easter outcome be produced. This is how we can intentionally walk with our Lord through Lent.
In Christ, Pastor Tim