In this evening’s Vespers service I was drawn into the following hymn:
Your grace has shone forth, O Lord; the illumination of our souls has shone forth. Behold, this is the acceptable season; behold, this is the season of repentance. Let us put away the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light, so that we may navigate the immense ocean of Lent, and arrive at the third-day Resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, the Savior of our souls.
The ocean is deep
Lent is deep.
Spiritual warfare comes in waves
Just when you think you have everything under control something comes and hits you upside the head like a bucket of water.
We need a ship to travel on the ocean
The ocean is no fun if you aren’t in a boat. It’s actually dangerous. Lent doesn’t make sense if you don’t have the Church and the services to carry you along.
Just floating isn’t enough. We have a journey ahead.
So it’s time to push off the pier, get in the boat and chart your course. If you get wet, it’s ok. If your boat tips, all the better. I mean, isn’t starting over one of the best advantages of Lent?
Let fasting be your wind, prayer your sail, repentance your rudder, and charity you compass. Your course has been set. The map is tried and true. Lent has begun.