Christians around the world mark the beginning of Lent with the celebration of Ash Wednesday. This ancient day and season has a surprising modern appeal.
What about you? For what are you believing God? Children? Employment? Retirement? New business venture? Finances? Joy? Peace? Healing? Increased faith? Keeping your Lenten commitments? Believing God isn’t easy, but worth it.
Sometimes in life along this faith journey, we reach a day or season where it seems God is silent or absent from our life and experience. Moments when our cries are seemingly unheard and prayers unanswered, moments when we call out and cry out but it appears God has put us on mute.
There are many days we wake up, begin our days, work toward our goals, endeavor in the direction of our dreams, and exhaust our to-do list without first seeking the wisdom and power of God dwelling within us. This Lenten season, take God with you!
Today is the first day of the Lenten season. As a child educated in New Orleans Catholic schools from Pre-K through high school, I have vivid memories of Lent. Lent was the time of year after Mardi Gras when I could find the most amazing fish plate on Friday afternoons at nearly any church across the city.