Williams went on to suggest that faithful Lenten observance "has nothing to do with giving up sugar in your tea, or trying to feel it's wicked to be you." So much of what passes for Lenten discipline is mere "ecclesiastical charade."
The true Lent, this great preacher concluded, lies in following Jesus into a wilderness place, going somewhere one has never gone before. In so doing, like Jesus we may find renewal and inspiration, being filled by God's Spirit (The True Wilderness, Lippincott, 1965; pages 29-34).
This prompted me to think. To do something serious. To go on such a journey. Not really giving up anything this time, but I've taken up some spiritual disciplines. I have limited my diet sensibly - avoiding things that are purely self-indulgent. I've taken up a new daily devotion that I read and meditate on in the mornings. I'm journaling. I'll be attending midweek services.
Now much of this pilgrimage is private, secret, between myself and my Lord. But this is a community which I am a part of and cherish and feel that it's appropriate to share some things with. I want to document my spiritual insights and the things that God has lain on my heart in an artful way. I want to document in this way each week. This first week of the Lenten season I have documented the first step that must be taken in any endeavor. To pray for guidance, help and insight. This is what I've chosen to share.
Each day, pray.
This is sized to fit in my personal prayer journal binder 5.5 x 8.5. I plan to do one in each of the coming weeks, including Easter. If you care to take this artful spiritual journey with me, feel free to post and share. We can travel together.