If there was ever a year to think about Lent differently, this may be it. We have been in a season of Lent for a whole year – this has been our long journey through the wilderness. And Lent is about walking in the footsteps of Jesus in his 40 days in the wilderness. And so it isn’t just about what you give up, but what you learn and who you become through that simplicity and solitude.
And it is possible that this 40 days will be the end of our long wilderness experience. But if that is the case, then in the rush to get back to normality it is important not to forget. So the question is, what have you learned? How has God shaped you over this year, and what are the ways that you have grown. We will be reflecting on this together over this season as we look forward with an anticipation greater than ever before to the end of this longest lent and the majestic new beginning that is Easter. I’d love to hear your reflections on that. firstname.lastname@example.org
The wilderness has been a formative experience for many, and if you want to read some reflections as you make sense of your own experience of wilderness here is some recommended reading.