Tomorrow is the beginning of Lent. That has never meant much to me personally. I do not come from a heritage that recognizes Lent and so it has always been a bit of a mystery to me. Like so many faith traditions, if it wasn’t mine, it didn’t interest me.
I’ve had a change of heart where that is concerned. No, Lent is still not a part of my current churches tradition, but it is a tradition that appears to me to hold a great deal of value in a person’s spiritual walk. A dedicated span of time to give up something as a sacrifice to God. A time to give up something and replace that desire with more time with God. I don’t really know what all is involved in the tradition of Lent. I’ll be doing some reading and learning as this season moves along. Not because I have to. Not because I’m following a tradition. Because I want a closer walk with Him and I am interested in traditions that foster that.
I thoroughly enjoyed the book I read this past year during my first introduction to Advent and am looking forward to the one I’ve got that was recommended for Lent. I’m looking forward to the focus. I’m looking forward to seeing what God has in store for this time. He had some pretty cool surprises packed up in the Advent journey. I’m pretty sure He has more surprises where those came from.
Last year my girls’ babysitter, who was a Senior in High School, gave up Facebook for Lent. It amazed me that she was able to do that. I know her life was richly blessed by the things God showed her during that time. I want this journey into Lent to be truly meaningful. I’ve prayed about what would be a significant sacrifice for this time. One that would truly make an impact for me. I know people give up all sorts of things for Lent. I decided I really wanted this to count for me.
This season also coincides with my husbands change in shift and I wanted to choose something that might also bless our new found time together. So, I will give up FB for this season. I’ve given it up before, but never more than a week.
I’ve been told that in the tradition of Lent there is a safety valve called Feast Sunday. I may have to hit the valve if I feel myself start to spontaneously combust from the lack of FB access. I’m really glad that little bit of grace was built into this tradition.