Have you felt it yet?
The heaviness of the season. Week by week, the weight adds up, pressing down upon our hearts and minds. It grows to the point of being very nearly unbearable.
Welcome to the final week in this season of Lent. These Lenten themes of self-reflection, repentance, and sorrow take their toll. To come face to face with our creaturely mortality and our moral culpability is hard work and week after week, it wears on us.
This is the difficult inner work that we’ve been doing. We’ve embraced this season, trusting that true growth comes from within.
The last house that we lived in had a shed in the backyard. When we bought the house, the previous owner left a lot of, what was essentially, junk. For years, we left that junk in the shed, choosing to ignore it, pretending it wasn’t there.
Eventually though, in a flash of inspiration, we decided to clean it out. It was difficult and dirty work. There was old roofing materials, loads of chicken wire, and even, oddly enough, a bucket of pool chemicals (There was no pool).
Once it was done, we felt free. We felt clean. We felt like we could actually use our shed.
As we embrace this season of Lent, we know that it’s hard work but we know that it’s worth it.
It’s hard to be honest with ourselves about the junk in the sheds of our hearts…but it’s worth it.
It’s hard to own up to all the moments, those little moments, that we judge others, thinking of all the ways that they are different than us, lesser than us…but it’s worth it.
It’s hard to open our eyes and realize all the injustice and harm going on in the world and see how very little we do about it…but it’s worth it.
We take on this difficult inner work knowing that it is only for a season. Because, while we’re not there yet, Easter will come. Dead things will be resurrected. Lost hope will be renewed. Guilt will be relieved. Death will be overcome.
Until that time, we press into the rest of this season of Lent. We embrace the heavy. Be encourage Agape Family because it’s worth it.
Peace to you,