lent reflections

April 16, 2006 | 2 Comments

This year, I celebrated lent for the first time in my life.

I chose to not use any caffeine as a stimulant, though I did still have traces in decaf drinks. I wish I would have stretched myself a bit more. I thought that giving up caffeine would be difficult, but it really wasn’t. I never even had headaches. I found out shortly into lent that a double latte doesn’t have as much caffeine as a cup of drip coffee — I had thought it was the other way around. Ultimately, I think my body didn’t rely on caffeine as much as I expected it might.

On the other hand, even participating in lent was a great reminder of the season which lifted my soul. I found I was more in tune with the fact that Easter was coming. I work out of a coffee shop 3-4 days a week, and the days I’m not in one I’m usually making a latte at home. Daily, I was reminded that I was joined by millions of others in the midst of an annual rhythm. I was dialed in to an anticipation of the most sacred of Chrsitian holidays. As I blogged about here, I found new meaning in the timing of Easter in the spring, and this was a byproduct of lent.

I know that for many from my tradition, lent is seen as just an empty, non-Biblical ritual. That’s too bad. I found it to be incredibly meaningful and it led me to a fuller experience and connection with the Biblical narrative. I hope to embrace it even more fully next year.

  • I’m glad that you had a meaningful Lenten season. My own lenten observance consisted, not in giving up something (been there, done that, e.g. soda, chocolate, caffeine, meat, TV, radio, etc.), but rather in doing something extra of a spiritual nature: making a blog entry every day of Lent as a meditation on the readings from the Bible for each day’s Mass.

    God bless you, and I hope that each Lent your faith grows deeper and deeper.

  • I wish I had taken the time to practice lent this year. It is amazing to come together as a worldwide church on a spiritual journey to become more like christ.