As many of you may or may not know, as a child my family moved a lot. My father was an engineer and lead teams to build various types of power plants. Needless to say, we never lived in ‘the most beautiful’ places in the country, but each one I was proud to call home. Both of my parents always made sure all went as well as possible.
This past week has left many of us scratching our heads wondering, what season is this? Spring? Winter? I know I have. Just like the seasons of weather change, and are unpredictable or strange, so are the seasons of our lives.
Lent. Not growing up in the Episcopal church, I knew very little about the season of Lent, other than giving up or sacrificing something for six weeks prior to Easter, and that I saw more advertisements for fish at fast food restaurants. Throughout the years, I have grown in my own understanding of what this special and sacred time of the year means and how each of us reflect and respond.
What is it about this time of year that brings about such a wide array of emotions? I truly believe that this season of Advent, this season of preparation, allows us to reflect on the past year, not only the times of joy but also the hardship and sorrow. As we move through the weeks leading up to ‘that blessed morn’, we all move through a vast array of these emotions.