Journey Into Lent: Ashes of Mortality and Repentence

A year ago, I was God-struck by an Ash Wednesday service that took me back to another season, to the faith tradition that formed me. With Ash Wedneday and this new season of Lent approaching, I thought I’d share the essay again. This year, I’ll have a role in our church’s service, an assignment that …

When Faiths Collide: Finding Myself in Ash Wednesday

I stood in line for the symbolic smudge of ashes on the first day of Lent, unprepared for what that touch to my forehead would to do my heart. In the glow of candlelight, tears spilled unbidden. And there she was again, standing at the altar. Skinny, smiling shyly as she posed in her white communion dress, mousy …

At the Halfway Mark, Some Thoughts on Lent

We will celebrate the Resurrection of Christ in less than three weeks. Halfway through Lent, I’m pondering what the Lenten season means to me, and revisiting an experience from two years ago that turned around my thinking on the tradition of “giving up” for Lent. Reflecting on that experience helped me see that maybe it’s not what …