Lent is a time of self-reflection, of repentance, of intention. Many will choose to give something up (like social media or sweets). Others will take this time to add a new practice (like working on issues of creation care or serving at a local food shelf). These are both good practices, but this year I invite you to try something new.

We often talk about Lent as a journey – a journey that begins on Ash Wednesday and ends at the empty tomb on Easter morning. This year, I invite you to pay attention to what happens along the journey. Hymn-writer Sylvia Dunstan wrote a beautiful hymn called Bless Now, O God, the Journey (ELW 326) that captures the journey we all take together. She writes, “Bless now, O God, the journey that all your people make, the path through noise and silence, the way of give and take. The trail is found in desert and winds the mountain round, then leads beside still waters, the road where faith is found.”

As we journey together this Lent, I invite you to consider these questions: What do you see, hear, smell, and taste? Where are you going? Who is with you? Who is missing? Where do you find faith? May you all have good courage this Lenten season as we continue on this journey together.

– Pastoral Associate Anna Helgen