Lost my Lent?
I was walking through the hallway at church a few weeks back -- it was the first Sunday of Lent. Our associate pastor was walking by. She was collecting a needed ingredient for her Children's Moment that day -- lint. Dryer lint.
To be precise, she was not collecting it from me, but from the dryer at the church.
I was trying to joke with her that she had lost her lint, but instead I told her that she had lost her lent.
Sometimes I think this season that I have lost my lent.
I'm involved in a couple of different lenten projects at our church -- our lenten devotional and prayer vigil. I am finding them to be wonderful blessings -- in the preparation and in the implementation of them. I was privledged to go to the community Ash Wednesday service and our own Ash Wednesday service at church. I've mentioned before that I'm team-teaching a Wednesday night class as well, which has stretched through Lent. It's not that I've been uninvolved at church during lent.
The problem seems to be that I never took the time to make any kind of Lenten commitment. I haven't given any thing up or taken anything up. I haven't stopped doing what I usually do, but I'm not sure that I've paid proper attention to Lent.
Have I lost my Lent?
When I get to Easter, will I have grown spiritually in any way? Have I made any deliberate efforts to examine my life and repent of my mistakes?
At this point, I would have to say the answer is no.