Lent as a journey…

The last few weeks have gone a bit like this: “hello this is Lauren.” “Hey, it’s me” “Sure pink sounds good.” “Yea, what time can you do the interview” “okay, that’s ordered and checked off the list” “yes, I’ll be live from the scene”

If you haven’t figured it out, it’s the balance between working a new and demanding job and planning our wedding. I am not sure what I’d do without the help of Scott. He replies to e-mails, manages things and even had an opinion on what we should be doing. It’s a great relief. But it’s also stressful. I feel like I’m always playing catch-up. The list keeps growing and so do the demands of working.

AND THEN…LENT HAPPENS…THE EVER-SO-HUMBLING TIME OF YEAR…WHEN I’M REMINDED THAT BELIEVE IT OR NOT…IT’S NOT ALL ABOUT ME.

What can I say, I’ve known about Lent for the entire year. It’s been in the back of my mind for the entire month. But for some odd reason, it snuck up on me. Today marks the start of Lent. It also marks 59 days until we get married.

In a way, having this church season fall in the middle of wedding prep and planning is fitting with the entire process. Lent is a special time of prayer, penance, sacrifice and good works in preparation of the celebration of Easter. It is a lot like marriage prep. The parallels are there. Lent is the desire to renew and recall our baptism and penance. These two things are given greater emphasis in the masses and our reflections. As a church we are preparing for the celebration of Easter. We are taking a look at our relationship with God and how we can becoming closer to him.

It’s an amazing opportunity for us to truly prepare for something greater than ourselves. Last year, Scott proposed to me on Holy Saturday. We celebrated our engagement the same weekend as we celebrated Easter. It was a very meaningful time. So much so, that we decided to get married during the Easter season.

These next 40 days is a chance to take a look at our relationship with God and our relationship as a couple. A chance to reflect on how we can grow as individuals and as a faith community. It’s a humbling and patient journey we are about to embark on. But the end result…it’s far greater than what we know today.

Since this year snuck up on me…and I wasn’t really prepared nor did I plan, I have decided I will be doing two things this Lent to prepare for Easter.

1) Each night Scott and I will pray for a couple that has played a role in our lives. We will take the time to thank God for their influence and example and we will pray for continued strength in them.

2) I have decided to join an online reading group. We are reading “Thrift Store Saints”, a book about modern-day experiences of poverty and helping the poor. There is nothing more humbling than realizing we aren’t doing enough to help the poor.

And with that I say: good luck to you this Lenten season. May we come out of this journey a more connected and holy community.

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