Revisiting this Lenten post from four years ago. Especially in these more fractious times, it is a reminder to seek out the quiet.
Lent: a time of abstinence and fasting; small penances amidst our everyday abundance that remind us to savor the sweetness of life.
Lent invites us to pare our lives down to essentials. It does not require us to dwell in darkness. Jesus, after all, had no time for sackcloth and ashes, for public pieties from those who basked in their chosenness.
Even in Lent, especially in Lent, we need light and beauty, life’s essentials. We are called to light. We are called to make beautiful in every way we know how, the small patches of the planet we call home, wherever that might be. (Maybe that’s why churches rely on so much stained glass: to help us see the full spectrum of life’s colors.)
Bathed in light: an abundance of fruit trees in the gardens surrounding Akiko’s Bed and Breakfast on Hawaii island.
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