Eight days into Lent. Time to take stock of how well we are doing. How well are we observing the holiness of Lent? In my Ash Wednesday sermon, I reflected on the rather strange convergence of Valentine’s Day and Ash Wednesday in 2018 (how ashes and chocolate don’t go so well together!) but suggested that the two might be held together by thinking of it as “love day,” human love and divine love. I also encouraged, especially in light of it’s being love day, that we take on a Lenten discipline of intentionally practicing lovingkindness every day, and, at the end of each day, thinking back over how well we had done–or not done–or how we had failed miserably. On the flip side, that we commit to doing nothing hurtful to ourselves or any other living being, especially quelling the urge to gossip or speak ill of another. “What the world needs now is love, sweet love.” So much need, so much to be done. So, eat all the chocolate you want, but observe a holy Lent by practicing loving-kindness. It’s a start.
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