Lent is my favorite liturgical season. I imagine for some the themes of repentance, humility, and mortality seem heavy and dark. And I admit, they can be. They also, for me, invite deep reflection on my humanity and what it means to understand my humanity as a child of God. Henri Nouwen’s Life of the Beloved is a spiritual classic that I return to each Lent. His words always call forth for me deep reflection. The following passage has done that for me often:
“Our brokenness is always lived and experienced as highly personal, intimate, and unique. I am deeply convinced that each human being suffers in a way no other human being suffers… Our brokenness is truly ours. Nobody else’s. Our brokenness is as unique as our chosenness and our blessedness…Yes, fearsome as it may sound, as the Beloved ones, we are called to claim our unique brokenness, just as we have to claim our unique chosenness and our unique blessedness.” (pp. 87-88)
I have always thought of Lent as such an honest season. Honest about who I am - who we are - and honest about the depth of God’s love for us in Jesus Christ. As we journey through Lent and approach Holy Week, may you experience God’s claim, God’s blessing, and God’s presence with you in your brokenness – as well as in your joy. You are Beloved. We are Beloved. God holds us all in the palm of God’s hand. Today, tomorrow, and always. What a gift. Honestly.
God’s Peace to Your Home.