Date: Monday, March 13
Contributor: Ann Trapnell
Born and baptized in the Roman Catholic church, as a youngster Lent was always and only about sacrifice and penance for me. There would be no meat on Wednesdays and Fridays (my family observed this all year on Fridays, not just during Lent) and you should give up something of great value to you (such as candy or another favorite food, toy, or activity). While my family converted to the Episcopal church when I was still a child, we continued to observe Lent in this very traditional way throughout my youth.
Over time, Lent has become much more for me. It has evolved into a season of reflection and preparation leading up to the celebrations of Easter. It has become a season of contemplation and anticipation…and yes, for me, I still find meaning in observing the religious traditions. But now, the season is so much more than sacrifice and penance – it is filled with anticipation and hope.
It turns out that while there are just as many ways to observe Lent as there are people observing this holy season, for me it takes on greater meaning if I use each of the 40 Days as a time to “Just Do Something”. Every year, that something is different – but the options are endless. Each day can include an act that symbolizes the importance of the season: Pray for others, volunteer, send a note to someone you care about, meditate, attend a Ways of the Cross service, abstain from social media, invite a friend to pray with you, read a devotional or bible passage, fast, feed others…the list can go on and on.
This Lenten season, I invite you to join me on my journey to Just Do Something for the 40 days of Lent. Who knows, maybe this will form a habit, and we can keep it up all year. Even if together we can’t change the world, together we CAN change our own little corner – if we all Do Something!