Lent: trust the long walk

Lent isn’t a cure all. Growing up as a Pentecostal, the prayer time around the altar was treated as a cure all. Youth camp was treated as a cure all. One time events were treated as cure alls. You pray, God visits you, the Holy Spirit does his work… you move on.

Not quite.

Lent is 40 days, plus 6 Sundays. Sometimes it can be treated as a “fix it” time. After all, it’s 40 days!

But one Lenten season won’t “fix” us. It is a lifetime of Lents that will bring us into a rhythm that is needed and leads us to maturity.

“Pierre Teilhard de Chardin reminds us, ‘Above all, trust in the slow work of God.'” — Tish Harrison Warren, Prayer in the Night

This is the word the Lord gave me in this season. I have a prayer: “Lord, sweeten my walk with you.” And I have a directive from the Lord: “Climb the mountain.”

Both come back to that reminder: Trust the slow work of God

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