The word Lent comes from the Anglo-Saxon word for Spring, which is derived from a verb meaning: to lengthen. Lent comes in the Spring when the days become noticeably longer. This annual season of fasting, prayer, and penitence has been observed by the Western Church since the first century after Christ, although it has not always been forty days long. In more recent times it has been kept forty days, after the example of Moses and Elijah, and to commemorate the forty days of fasting and prayer that Jesus spent in the wilderness.
Lent is a season of spiritual growth, a time for progressive unfoldment.
How can we best be attentive to the spiritual journey during this time of grieving, introspection, seeking, and redemption?
Can we open a channel of intelligent communication with the silent forces at the depths of our being? Can we give power to the thoughts and words that flow from those depths and awaken to a higher consciousness and a connection to the Spirit that is within all?
Blessings to you during this season of Lent. May it bring you joy and peace.