For some of us, Lent isn’t just a season—life is Lent.
In City of God: Faith in the Streets, Sara Miles wrote, “Lent is the world we live in.”
Suffering, decay, and death surround us. Anguish, sadness, and penitent reflection seem the order of life. For those confronting a debilitating disease, prolonged divorce, natural (or human-made) disaster, or an unexpected death—life is Lent.
I don't know where you are at, or what is happening in your life, but I can imagine it's hard. The uncertainty of the future, the reality of the recent ruptured relationship, the burden of injustice, the fear of the unknown...
But I am inviting you to journey with me -- and many others -- through a series of spiritual signposts and devotional thoughts this Lenten season. Lent is a traditional time of somber reflection and hopeful expectation in the Christian church. And so, Concordia University Irvine asked various alumni to contribute to their Lenten devotional.
It launches today with my own piece, "When Life is Lent." For those of you of Christian persuasion, you might find it helpful for the 40 days of Lent. For those of you who aren't Christian, I invite you to learn a bit of what Lent is about from a Lutheran perspective. If you feel it, subscribe with your e-mail and journey with me and others this Lent.