Shroving and Ashes:
No pancake supper for us tonight, unless we make them here at home. Hope that does not some make for a lesser Lent. We will seek out ashes for our foreheads tomorrow to mark the beginning of the 40 days of Lent (Sundays don't count) until we can Alleluia Easter into our lives again. I find Lent a restful season, a time to ponder how I am living my life and a time to take on something that will build up my spiritual muscles. As a priest, Easter is frantic with all its services from Palm Sunday until Easter Monday, so good to take Lent as a time to prepare. I have been on an Olympic "kick" as you can tell if you have been reading this blog. I preached on the Games last Sunday (pretty much the same as the blog). Our online EFM groups reflected on a photo of a biathelete. Out of our discussion we thought that Lent is much like the training period for the athletes. The difference, according to St. Paul, is that we run the race knowing we already have the gold medal, we are born with one. So why run the race? One reason to show forth our freedom from the world's vision of who we are. Another is the pure joy of the race.
This morning the cartoon For Better or Worse had another idea. Click here to see it. How have you been running your race? Knowing you are a winner in the eyes of God? I think Lent will be a good time to work out, to loosen up the mind, body and spirit for service and prayer.