It’s the afternoon of Ash Wednesday. In a few hours I will be in a liturgy in which ashes will be imposed and a solemn litany of repentance offered.
And then we’re off and running in Lent. Except that I don’t want to run. I want to walk. In fact I think I want to literally walk through Lent. I would like to find a place where I can walk a few steps in quite as part of my Lenten discipline. I have no idea where that will be. But I’m going to try to find a place near home to do that. Just a few minutes of walking. That is what I want to take on during Lent.
I also want to give something up this Lent. Something I’ve not tried before. I want to give up alcohol for Lent. This will include the wine of Eucharist. I will fast from wine until Eucharist at the Easter Vigil.
The point to this giving up and taking on is to slow myself down and push myself out of my routine. The point of pushing myself out of my routine is to spend more time with God. May God bless the effort.
Though I will fast by myself and walk by myself, I don’t walk alone. I am one of a whole community that is walking this path. As one of the hymns of the church says,
Eternal Lord of love, behold your church
walking once more the pilgrim way of Lent,
led by your cloud by day, by night your fire,
moved by your love and toward your presence bent:
far off yet here–the goal of all desire.