‘Get ashes on our heads to remember, with great relief, that we are dust.
The source of all sorrow is illusions, that of ourselves we are anything but dust.’
~ Thomas Merton, The Sign of Jonas
I am new to the life of a conscious entering into the season of Lent: a place of calling, of receiving His Word that I am His beloved; consciously creating times for solitude, opportunities for sacrifice; getting to know my true self and my false self; battling in the wilderness, facing temptations; experiencing the visible and the invisible, all the while seeing my place in creation.
Last week a friend confronted me with this statement: There will never be a time that you will not be – with the follow-up remark: I hope that you’re engaged in some long-term planning!
For Lent 2011 I decide to put solitude time aside at noon, and to give up a regular afternoon habit of idling around – of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.
This is day 6 of my Lent journey.
What does your journey look like?