February 29, 2012
For the last 15 years of my pastoral life, I put together some type of Lenten series – often a Sunday evening Vespers Service. These services were about 45 minutes long, consisted of simple music, the read word – I printed out the 4 lectionary texts each week and handed them out as people arrived for worship – a brief meditation on one or more of those texts and a simple service of communion.
The theme of those six services was always centered around the idea of a journey – traveling the 40 days and 6 Sundays of Lent together and arriving, repentant, refreshed and open, at Easter Sunday morning.
This year I was inspired by a blogging friend’s commitment to a daily post, a quiet reflection on her life, during each of the days of this leap year February. (Thank you, Michelle DeRusha). And I felt nudged to take on this daily devotional task as a personal Lenten discipline for 2012.
After almost a full year of re-learning how to have a devotional life outside the context of the pastoral office, I will say, that at this point – 9 days and 1 Sunday into this project – I have been surprised and pleased at how much this daily discipline has blessed me. Others may choose to read it. If they do, I hope they catch a whiff of the Spirit while they’re here.
But, and this is a pretty big deal for me to say – even if nobody dropped by, this is proving to be a rich and provocative process for me. It has reawakened my love for the Word of God – the very thing that led me into seminary in the first place. And that alone is worth the price of admission!