Monday, March 7, 2011
Gifts from the Weekend
My life's journey over the last ten months has been pointing my heart and mind to the state of my soul. God has used multiple tools to lead me to new places of healing and learning. I have been striving daily (often minute-to-minute!) to train my thought patterns not to drown in the lethal cocktail of anxiety and insecurity, and to lean into scripture like never before for the only effective antidote. This weekend was a resounding affirmation to these past months and my current efforts to live out the truths I am learning in fresh ways.
One of the workshops I attended, taught by Susan Shadid, was called Liturgy Matters. Not growing up in a liturgical setting and having little exposure to many of those traditions and their related history, I found it intriguing. I am fascinated by the idea of following a rhythm of time that draws my mind to Christ throughout the year. As a result, I have decided that for the first time I will participate in the Lenten season this year. I will be attending an Ash Wednesday service this week and am now reflecting on how I personally will use these 40 days to contemplate Christ's sacrifice and what this means in my life (there is a helpful overview here). I am eager to experience this Lenten season and wonder how it may impact Easter weekend, which often goes by with a nod and a prayer...topped with a loaded Easter buffet that leaves me stuffed and more interested in seeking a nap than in celebrating Christ's miraculous resurrection.
I am so grateful today for the gifts from this weekend.