Debby Irving testifies in
Waking Up White
to "straddling two worlds" as she journeyed along the road she traveled in finding herself in the story of race. As she experienced a new-found freedom by interacting with those uncommon to her "upper crust Boston" childhood, she found it more difficult than expected to ditch her foundation for her annexed relationships, and vice-a-versa. Yet, growing through discomfort would become her new normal.
During the season of Lent, what can be learned from having our feet in both worlds - that of sacrifice and forgiveness, death and resurrection? When we remain fixated on the wilderness, all hope can be lost. However, the celebration of a resurrected life cannot occur without a preceding death. As believers in Christ, we straddle two worlds - the temporal and eternal - each one existing so faith can be developed and love can be shared.
For me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.