Lent: Reflection

Reflection, sacrifice, longing, and grief are at the core of Lent. Let us begin with reflection.

As we sat at an outdoor cafe, my heart was drawn into a time of reflection. This cafe was one of the last places my late husband and I enjoyed eating while visiting our son and his family. This day we were celebrating our family’s February birthdays: our son, our daughter, and son-in-law. It was a joy filled time with grandkids playing on the restaurant’s playground and adults laughing and sharing stories.

But my eyes were drawn to the table where we sat several years ago with our much younger grandchildren. My reflecting began. Where would we be this Lent? What would we be doing together this Lent? Would we be giving something up together?

My personal reflection continued.

  • What is Lent, really?
  • What does it mean to experience the journey Jesus took toward the cross in our 2018 world?
  • What do I really “give up” for Lent? 
  • What do I need to give up for Lent? 
  • Who cares what I give up for Lent? 
  • What does the world need to give up?
  • What does the church need to give up?
  • What do out false selves need to give up?
  • Then I was hit with, “so what?” 
  • What difference does Lent really make to our lives, our churches and our world? 
Our invitation this week is to reflect on the “so what” question of our Lenten journeys.

Next week we will look at sacrifice.


Jolene Bergstrom Carlson
Executive Director/President 

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