We traveled with a joyful sorrow through Lent, and here we are on the other side…on the side of tidied hearts and kept promises and reinvigorated faith. I know that sometimes it is so easy to lack enthusiasm for Lent, but as I sit here on Easter Monday, I am thoroughly grateful for it and for the grace I was given as I struggled through it. I’m grateful for the increased discipline it put in my life in very specific areas within my family life, and for the hard work of trying to fight against poorly formed inclinations of different kinds. Yes, I am actually grateful for the work! I find myself this morning not thinking “oh good, today I am not restricted anymore from my Lenten work” (well…aside from forgoing a daily treat maybe!), but instead continued to catch myself a few times from, say, voicing something that should not have been said anyway…Lent or not. These are teenie tiny glimpses of progress for me, and I am hopeful that I can continue to grow in some of the ways I started 40 plus days ago.
With so much shifting around us in our lives, our families, our communities, and in our world, what a joy this is: a kept promise. Even more so that it is one so big, that of our salvation!