Submitted by the James Bay United Church
(If we know anything about it) lent is associated with giving something up all for the sake of becoming a better person.
But in recent years, I’ve been deeply drawn to another approach to the season, thanks to Mary Luti (United Church of Christ), who asks:
“What if this year your hopes were greater, your prayers more daring? What if this year you gave yourself up, not just chocolate, beer or Facebook? What if this Lent you invited God to speak not so much to your behaviours as to your hear? And what if in that conversation you discovered that God wants you not to be better so much as to be enraptured, not to be good so much as to be lost … in the beauty of God’s mercy, God’s justice, God’s passions.”
Years earlier, Alice Walker gave us a glimpse of the same thing when out of Shug’s mouth we hear “I think it pisses God off if you walk by the colour purple in a field somewhere and don’t notice it. People think pleasing God is all God cares about. But any fool living in the world can see it always trying to please us back.”
As the wonder of Spring in all its glory unfolds around us, may you know yourself ‘pleased back,’ even enraptured!