on turning Lent upside down

lent

ok, so maybe that is a little extreme…
or is it??

turning Lent upside down…
not in the sense of chaos and disorder,
but of turning my current views kind of on their head
and looking at Lent differently.
just differently.

how so?
as a girl who didn’t really “grow up”
celebrating the Lenten season
until later in my life,
my notion of Lent was

giving up something I really liked
for 40 days
before Easter
and it wasn’t a “season” I particularly
looked forward to

I read recently about Lent not being
“a self-denial” Olympics   

https://thinkchristian.reframemedia.com/five-reasons-not-to-give-up-something-for-lent

in which we ultimately end up feeling better about ourselves
not really taking the focus off of who we are

funny how we kind of turn this into an endurance “game”
and almost find pleasure in seeing folks struggle
to not eat, or drink
or Facebook or Tweet or Instagram
or unplug from the internet totally
or not have chocolate, or drink coffee
or swing by the drive-thru
or not eat junk food or sweets, or carbs
or refrain from smoking or drinking

and we.totally.miss.the.point.

instead of taking the focus off of us
we turn it around
as if Lent is something that has been created for us to do
to achieve
to succeed
to almost compete in doing.

this kind of begs the question,
what is Lent, exactly?

Lent is a season of forty days which represents the time Jesus spent in the wilderness
enduring the temptation of Satan and
preparing to begin his ministry – http:/www.umc.org

the pillars, the foundation upon which Lent is built, are
prayer, fasting, and almsgiving

but…is this what we, you and I, really do?
what is Lent to us?
do we spend time in prayer?
do we fast, truly fast?
and do we give to those less fortunate or in need?

maybe Lent, is and of itself, a way to kind of
turn our lives
upside down

what if…
becoming
doing
changing

or

resilience
redemption
hope

or

repentance
mystery
freedom

what if a combination of all of that?

prayer fasting giving becoming doing changing redemption
resilience hope repentance mystery freedom

what if we focus
are reflective
and are open to uncover and discover
how we can turn from (fill-in-the-blank)
and turn back to God
–which happens to be a definition of repentance, by the way

what if Lent is
not so much about
deprivation
sacrifice
and giving up

but of
anticipation
love
and what we receive?

join me in this 40-day adventure
as I explore some of my own
notions of Lent
and kind of break down
some insights and thoughts

who knows, we may all be turned upside down
and shaken up a little.
here’s hoping.

topsy-turvy grace

 

 

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