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“Lent Makes Me Uncomfortable”

February 25, 2018

“Lent makes me uncomfortable,” admits Mary Lou Redding in Disciplines 2018, page 70.

I thank her for saying that.  

When I was a kid, Lent was something done by those other people in that church with the school attached. They also had a hospital in town.

The people of that hospital-and-school-church stopped doing some things and started doing other things and called it Lent.

In our church and Sunday School, we heard the word. Usually around Easter.

When the adults in our church spoke of Lent, they glanced down and squirmed in their seats, like they were embarrassed or, well, “uncomfortable.”

I copied off them.

So yeah, “Lent makes me uncomfortable,” too.

On this Second Sunday of Lent, maybe you’re like Mary Lou Redding and me.

But maybe our very discomfort is itself part of the Lenten experience.

See you back here tomorrow.

Meanwhile, let’s keep living into the questions and other stuff this confession raises: “Lent makes me uncomfortable.”

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