March 1, 2017
40 DAYS OF WILDERNESS
Rev. Melanie Weiner
The Holy Spirit led Jesus into the desert, so that the devil could test him. After Jesus had gone without eating for forty days and nights, he was very hungry.
With Ash Wednesday, Lent has arrived. Lent is a season of reflection and preparation, a time to step back and examine our lives. Jesus spent 40 days in the wilderness reflecting on what is truly important before he began his ministry in earnest. So we too have the opportunity each year to take stock of what is truly important today.
Traditionally people observe Lent by giving something up. One might choose to give up something that is enjoyable, like chocolate or soda. Or perhaps one might choose to give up a habit that they hope to break. Perhaps I have told you about the year I gave up yelling at my children… Lately I have chosen to take on a discipline during Lent. I find that this fills my spirit and gives me the opportunity to learn a new healthy habit (when I am successful) and practice self-forgiveness (when I miss a day or two or seven). This year I have committed to write every day, primarily using 642 Tiny Things to Write About as my inspiration.
At the end of Jesus’ time in the wilderness, he was hungry. When we have completed our observation of Lent, may we too be hungry, not only for chocolate or soda or what we have given up but also for Easter, for resurrection, for Jesus to live again.
One down. Thirty-nine to go.