Bound by Faith
The word Lent comes from the Old German word “Lenz”, meaning “Spring”. It is related to the Anglo-Saxon “lenct”, meaning “to lengthen”, referring to the lengthening of daylight as we move into Spring.
In Christian traditions this time is used as preparation for the new life in Easter. Lent is a time for intentionality; a time to turn to God, to center ourselves, and to be aware of God’s presence in both our lives and in the world around us. This semester for my Care in Christian Communities class at Phillips Theological Seminary, one of our assignments is to adopt or reinstate a self -care practice. Some fellow students chose to mediate for a specific amount of time each day, others chose to enjoy an activity that they had not done in a while such as knitting, crocheting, painting or playing the piano. I chose to get outdoors at least once a week to explore a local nature trail or other outdoorsy area around Austin. As a born and raised Austinite I realize that I haven’t even scratched the surface with exploring the city that I have lived my entire life in. Stay tuned for a follow up about my progress and all of the amazing outdoor adventures I embark on for not only this project but also as part of my Lenten journey. Although we often associate Lent with a time of giving up something, I dare say that adding something back into our daily or weekly lives can be as powerful. Whatever your practice may be during Lent, I pray that it would be a time for you to draw closer to God and that the intentionality of giving up or adding in, will be meaningful and enriching to your daily life.
Blessings, Pastor Heidi