Message from the Bridge Pastor
“Giving Up” for Lent?!
When I was growing up in Rhode Island, most of my classmates in elementary school were Catholic. At this time of year, the playground conversation was always atwitter with questions of, “What are you giving up for Lent?” Answers were things like candy, ice cream, etc., though one creative lad always said “Broccoli. I HATE Broccoli!” At the time, I didn’t understand the discipline that undergirded the spiritual practice; there wasn’t a lot of interaction between Catholics and Protestants at the time. Obviously, things have changed.
So today I do like to engage in disciplines during Lent. But for me, I find there are other things to “give up” that may be much more helpful. In fact, I’ve been preaching on them since I arrived at Rincon. We started with giving up the notion that we are somehow “not enough.” Next, we talked about giving up barriers to clean communication and ways to truly listen to each other. The following week, we talked about giving up a sense of scarcity (I like to call it Scar-City, but that’s for another sermon!)—remember the nets full of fish when the Disciples-to-be had caught nothing? We then considered giving up anxiety, replacing it with a mindful presence. And last week we talked about giving up the burdens we pile on ourselves when we can’t forgive others or ourselves.
I hope your Lenten road is a meaningful one. Personally, I think giving up any of the above works a whole lot better than giving up broccoli!
With you on the journey,
Read the Thursday E-letter for February 28, 2019 here.