Tomorrow begins one of the most important seasons in the Christian tradition, Lent. Having just completed the celebration of the birth of the Savior, we now turn and begin the journey to the cross. Like so many others I will spend most of the day eating things in excess as I prepare to give them up for the next 40 days. Now I realize isn’t the best practice, but don’t judge me, I’m a work in process! What I do want to highlight and encourage us all to think about is the preciousness of life and living in the moment.
As I look over my Facebook feed daily I see death and sickness everywhere. Some have lost loved ones to old age, cancer, violence and unexpected illnesses. I pause and think about Jesus’ journey to Jerusalem. It was a place full of life and yet he traveled there to die. Jesus knew what waited for him inside the city and yet he still willingly made the journey. He spent the next forty days preparing his closest friends for life without him; he had a determination that wouldn’t let anyone or anything turn him around. What would you do if you knew you only had 40 days to live? Would you ball out without any care in the world or would you gather with your closest friends and family? There would probably be a lot of things I would do differently. Work deadlines wouldn’t be so important and neither would Sallie Mae (or Navient as they now call themselves!).
I don’t know in detail how I would live my last days but this Lenten season I want to journey to the cross with Jesus expecting something different. Yes, I will meet my risen Lord on Easter Sunday, but I expect a change in me and tangible signs of life and growth for us as a new church movement. In the coming days I will share with you my specific prayer requests for Second Chance and invite you to journey with us through Lent.