Transforming Lent

January 28, 2013

Bishop Wright Cannon Chapel-crop

Photo by: Bill Monk

Last Tuesday, Bishop Rob Wright, the Episcopal Bishop of the Diocese of Atlanta, preached at our Candler worship service. One aspect of his message that caught my attention was that of transformation. He conveyed, and I have personally experienced, the reality that our response to God transforms us. While certainly this message would resonate with many in the congregation who have responded to a vocation of ministry, it is not reserved for these. God’s transforming nature is true for ALL people.

Looking ahead to Lent, the bishop asked if chocolates and sweets prevent us from moving forward in your relationship with God, and if not, he wondered why it is these things that we give up for Lent? We were reminded that Lent is about transformation – finding a new way, turning toward God anew.

So, perhaps a more effective and meaningful discipline for Lent is one that confronts something we need to work on; something that’s getting in the way of our ability to be the fully authentic and spirit-giving person we are capable of being; the person each of us is made to be in this world.

Considering a life-limiting obstacle for us, he encouraged us to use the time of Lent to be deliberate in our reflection and prayer about that thing. If we find it difficult to forgive, for instance, then take up the scriptures and read and reflect on what we find there about forgiveness.

Then, listen.

Seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit, that part of the Triune God that removes veils and shines new light and revelation on that which has seemed so familiar. Discover in your work what God is teaching you.

So, as we are quickly approaching the season of Lent, I am exploring how I will transform my Lenten practice this year. I invite you to do the same.

By entering into a transforming Lent it will no doubt transform me.

4 Responses to “Transforming Lent”

  1. There’s nothing like “smart” and “reasonable” to shine a light on “ridiculous.” Thank you for sharing your always intellectually accessible and personally authentic wisdom. Now where’s that chocolate?!?

  2. Dennis "what's the gWilson said

    I didn’t know bankers could write and think like this, or that they even had emotions.

  3. Dennis Wilson said

    I hit send prematurely before I could correct the mistype on my signature

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