The series you are preparing to begin is a journey through the Revised Common Lectionary texts for this Lenten season with a focus on living well spiritually, financially, intellectually, socially, vocationally and physically. May this series bring you and your congregations a better sense of what a balanced, healthy life in Christ looks like and bold commitment to live into that life giving ourselves and our communities of faith grace when we fail.
Traditionally, Lent is seen as a holy season meant to prepare the faithful for Easter through self-denial and letting go of things while we focus inward on our spiritual pulses. Over the past years, I have seen this season change. Now, Lent draws many to notice the beauty of life in its’ fragility. There is a simplistic beauty to the thought that we come from the earth and, in death, return to it. I see Lent, especially Ash Wednesday, as a perfect time to remind us to live well for the sake of our well-being, for the sake of our communities of faith and for the sake of the world. In the ELCA, we often speak about our connection to God, our connection to others and our connection to ourselves. This Lenten series will address all three.