The weight of Lent

With just a week left in Lent, I feel the heaviness of it in my bones, in the pit of my stomach and deep in my soul. Yesterday, I decided to give my attention to the growing tension that has come about in this mysterious and dark season, and so I have allowed myself to feel the crushing weight of expectation. Truthfully, my eyes are barely open as I squint with hope of resurrection.

As I was feeling it all today, I kept thinking about something I read about the weight of it all bearing down but I couldn’t quite remember the quote or locate the source. Miraculously, I found the quote by Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Even though I know this is a Christmas quote- I believe it is equally appropriate and fitting for Lent. I do hope Bonhoeffer doesn’t mind that I adapted it for Lent. It certainly communicates what I am feeling and what this week feels like for us with Easter expectations.

…”And then, just when everything is bearing down on us to such an extent that we can scarcely withstand it, the (Truth) comes to tell us that all our ideas are wrong, and that what we take to be evil and dark is really good and light because it comes from God. Our eyes are at fault, that is all. God is in (flesh), wealth in poverty, light in darkness, succor in abandonment. No evil can befall us; whatever men may do to us, they cannot but serve the God who is secretly revealed as love and rules the world and our lives.”

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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