“From dust we came…to dust we will return.”
There is a lot I wish would return to dust quickly:
Systemic racism; actually—any form of racism
Punitive legal system
And then I realize that Lent is not (necessarily) about eradicating all that is unholy and sinful in the world.
Lent is about eradicating all that is unholy and sinful within me.
How have I contributed to, benefitted from, or ignored all those evils I already listed? How have I victimized others by my actions? How have I victimized myself?
This is only the fourth year I have participated in Lent. It has been a powerful experience before me. Yet this year, I am doing something different. I am not intentionally fasting or giving something up.
Instead, I am going to sit in silence. No agenda. No plan. No action.
Because there is so much pain and sin and hatred in the world. And in me.
And sometimes I just need to sit with it.
And pray that it all turns back to dust.
On Sunday, February 22, we will be hosting a candlelight vigil on the 3 month anniversary of Tamir Rice’s death. Tamir was a young child shot and killed by a Cleveland police officer for playing with a toy. We have lost too many children (and adults) to violence. We will meet this Sunday and pray for peace and justice and nonviolence. We will pray for our systems to change. We will pray for a better world for our children to inherit.
It is appropriate this prayer vigil (taking place in 22 cities) is occurring during Lent. Lent is a season of reflection. Lent is a season of repentance. Lent leads us to something better. It is my prayer that we as a society reflect, repent, and move towards something better.
Please join us at Freedom Fellowship, 941 Chestnut St. in Abilene, TX, this Sunday at 7:00 P.M.