By Bishop Peggy A. Johnson
The word Lent comes from a German word, “lango” which means “long.” It references the “lengthening of the days that are characteristic of the season of spring.” The days continue to get longer. In that spirit, let’s observe a “Long Lent” this year. What are some of the ways we might do that?
Long-suffering –Long-suffering calls us to be long in mercy and love. No matter the circumstances, it means having patience with those who are difficult or are suffering long ordeals for the sake of the Kin-dom. Lent is a good time to examine how we respond to challenges.
Long view – Lent is also a time to have a long view of the future of God’s kin-dom. We need to step back sometimes and remember that God has a plan for the future with hope. Good will triumph over evil, love will cast out hate, and life will conquer death.
Longing for God - This kind of “longing” has to do with deep, almost desperate desire. Longing for God is an important aspect of our Lenten journey. Taking time for prayer, study, meditation in an attitude of “thirsting” for God’s Spirit is the key. Read more…