Monthly Archives: March 2011

LENT and SPRING: Perfect Together

As I begin my third Lenten season on the blog I wonder where I have come from and where I am going. I have discussed why there is a God; how meditating or spending time in thought can make my mind open more to spiritual things. This Lent I would like to study why for me Lent is so important. As the title suggests Spring and Lent can lead to some interesting similarities. Surely everyone is aware of the newness of life and the rebirth of nature. Birds sing, flowers blossom, trees bloom.
And I begin to do the same. I put away my winter dark clothing. I find my sandals and light clothes. I walk more and spend time outdoors in the sun. Ah, but I also clean house, change from dark colors to light ones. Dusting and rearranging funiture make me do some thinking about making my life more open and free. Spring is about re-birth and transformation. And so is Lent.
Lent opens with Ash Wednesday. It consists of prayer, fasting, and abstainance. In other words I am housecleaning my soul.
In the Book of Isaiah in the Bible, Chapter 58, God speaks to his people…”on the day of your fasting, you do as you please….Is that what you call a fast, a day acceptable to the Lord?”
In the same passage, God tells the people what a real fast is. “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the opressed free and break every yoke? Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter–when you see the naked to clothe them, and not turn away from your own flesh and blood?”
I also try to remember some days of fasting. In particular I try to fast (not eat as much as every day and not eat between meals if possible). These days are usually Ash Wednesday, March 9 and April 22 Good Friday this year. In addition, on the Fridays in Lent I plan meatless meals; this is hard for me because I really like meat and don’t count fish, peanut butter and cottage cheese as favorites.
As I sweep my abode and scrub away the dirt I feel the pangs of hunger telling me that I need to read the words carefully that God gave to the prophet Isaiah in Chapter 58 and make certain that when I celebrate the great feast of Easter, I am ready to blossom forth like the favorites in my Spring garden.