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For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven. Ecclesiastes 3:1
In preparation for Easter, the season of Lent calls for closer scrutiny of ourselves and the ways we live. It is a time to enter more deeply into God’s vision for humanity. It is a time to adopt focused disciplines that we may see more clearly the God who creates us and raises us to new life in Christ Jesus.
Traditionally and simply over the course of forty days, Lenten disciplines come in one of two forms: either to give something up—chocolate, wine, etc.—or to take on something—reading scripture daily, attending a mid-week worship service, practicing meditative prayer—or some combination of things that invite spiritual formation to shape us anew.
In those choices, we do well to see the kinship between discipline and disciple, to learn and to follow. Through improved disciplines, we become healthier disciples—followers of Christ and this leads to better relationships with God and our neighbors. The purpose of disciplined discipleship is not an end unto itself; rather, it is to be more merciful, more grateful, more loving, and more joyful.
Pete Seeger’s iconic song, Turn, Turn, Turn, based on the Ecclesiastes passage came to prominence during a turbulent season of change in the 1960s. The Civil Rights Movement and the war in Vietnam were motivating factors creating a need for fertile public discourse. But the ground often proved to be more uncommon than common.
In today’s world, better ways to see and understand ourselves in relation to others are only more sorely needed. No matter what you give up or take on, spend Lent this year learning to be more fluent in conversation with God, and in turn, with people of every stripe. Language skills develop through careful hearing. Practice listening in the days to come: to God’s word, to others and to yourself. You may find your Easter celebration sounds and feels more glorious. Better yet, you may find your love of God reflects a deeper sense of God’s love in you and around you.
Choose disciplines that make you a better disciple. May God bless you with new life in the holy season of Lent.
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