We Need a Little “Lent” …

It always took a couple pitches with the accompanying “swing-n-a-miss” to acclimate myself to the pitcher. It’s not like I was ever a great hitter, but I do recall it taking several pitches before I could really get my eye on the ball.

We are a day shy of the first full week of Lent. You have had time to acclimate yourself to whatever it is you have decided to take on or give up. If you haven’t done something to motivate yourself to grow spiritually, I heartily recommend that you do.

We would take two bats in hand while in the “on deck” circle and swing them around. And as we watched our colleague at the plate we would eye the ball; but it just wasn’t the same as actually standing at the plate yourself.

It’s easy to convince ourselves that we are “spiritually disciplined”; but if you aren’t putting that discipline to the test, how can you be sure? I am a week in, and the thing I am doing is not particularly difficult. Still, I am amazed at how I crave to have what I am limiting myself to! I have to say that I am grateful for the invitation Lent extends to us, reminding us of our mortality, encouraging us to grow spiritually. I think this year it came just in time for me. I need a little “Lent”, right this very minute.

A blessed Tuesday.

Mark Demers

Want to talk about sex, politics, spirituality? So do I. I grew up in a religious home in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Our country was reeling from assassinations and the devastation of the Viet Nam War. Looking for something beautiful, I got a degree in music, married the love of my life and had children. Looking for God, I then went to seminary. Looking for something that might transform the world, I became a local church pastor. Now, I’m always looking for people who want to talk about important things. I cherish conversations with emerging leaders, people who are antsy to try an idea they believe would change the world for the better. I’d would love to hear from you.