‘There is no better time for growth than springtime. Lent is the springtime of the spirit.’
Lent (an old English word meaning springtime) begins on Wednesday when we celebrate Ash Wednesday.
It is a time for us to spiritually, and to an extent physically, share in the desert experiences of Jesus. To be face to face with our own desert experiences; our smallness, vulnerability, fears and chaos of our lives; that is what Lent is about.
We can find this reflected in some of the stories we enjoy, for example, Cinderella who sat in the ashes (cinders). Before she was recognised as beautiful, married the prince and went to the great feast she spent time in the ashes, humbled and put upon. Lent is a time to sit in the ashes and we begin by marking ourselves with ashes.
Mark 1: 12-15 At once the Spirit drove him out into the desert, and he remained in the desert for forty days, tempted by Satan. He was among wild beasts, and the angels ministered to him.