-Genesis 1: 1-2
Lent. It is the story of us; of you and me entering a season of self-reflection and discernment, of highs and lows. It is a story that has a beginning, a middle, and an end.
One of my Lenten disciplines is to watch as many movies and read as many books as I can. While that might seem like an odd discipline, there is purpose. I am seeking the Lenten journey in what I watch and read. I look for the introduction, the “Ash Wednesday moment.” The moment where the characters are reminded they are mortal beings, full of all the humanity and humility that comes with that. And at that moment the story unfolds…
Next, I look for the “Holy Week moment,” the climax of the story. You are pulled into the movie or book because you are invested in the characters; you have connected with them. You care about where they are going. You might even begin to see yourself in the story.
And, then it happens! The “Easter moment” appears. It is the ending, the resolution if you will. This is the moment when all the pieces begin to fit perfectly together, in all its complexity.
With our post-resurrection lenses, we know what is coming—we know what awaits us. But, what we have here in these Lenten days is the introduction. We are just getting starting. I invite you to enter this story with all your pieces, all your hope, desires, expectations, struggles, defeats, and vulnerabilities. Find a place, grab a pen, a piece of paper, breathe, and then let your story unfold.
Our scripture today tells us that, in the introduction to the world, there was nothing, much like the blank piece of paper on which I hope you write in this Lenten Season. But, there was one thing ever present: the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit was with our God from the beginning, and is with us today. She is here for you and for me, ready and waiting to embrace us and carry us over the waters. Perhaps this will be the year your Lenten journey’s main character is just that – God’s Holy Spirit moving in you, through you, and around you.
Holy Spirit, with your wind, stir my soul. With your words, order my day. With your wings, gather me in, and I will be grateful. Amen.
– Jack Levison