Tag Archives: Lent

On choices in the wilderness

What are you living for? When Martha was distracted by many things, Jesus told her that only one thing is essential (Luke 10:41-42). What is your one essential thing? A meaningful life is not a matter of how many things you do or how fast and efficiently you do them; it’s a matter of what […]

My Lenten discipline

I’m giving up Christianity for Lent this year. Well, not literally. I’ll maintain my role in the church. It pays my salary and expects me to show up, after all. But I’ll be doing in a more intentional and centered way something I’ve been doing peripherally for decades. I’ll be examining my faith – not […]

Decide to surrender

The spiritual renewal at the heart of Lent is not about learning to follow the rules of the Christian or any other religion. It’s about finding a way to experience being fully alive and fully human.1 It’s a way to discover what it means to be alive and to experience what Jesus said he came […]

Three Rs for today

Seldom has a question caught my attention as suddenly and completely as the one I overheard on a busy street in Manhattan more than thirty years ago. I had spent the day in Midtown and was headed back to the Port Authority to catch a bus for New Jersey. It was shortly after 5:00 and […]

Original amnesia

Have we gotten the season of Lent wrong after generations of drift and dilution in our faith? Too easily, I believe – and mistakenly – we allow the prophet Joel to set the tone for Lent in the traditional Ash Wednesday reading, in which he warns of an approaching “day of darkness and gloom” and […]