My Lenten Journey

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I grew up going to a private Catholic school from first to eighth grade. This is where I first I heard about Lent. In fact, Lent was kind of a big deal during those early years. We celebrated Fat Tuesday with a school-wide carnival and talked openly about what we’d choose to give up for the season. I distinctly remember one of my teachers giving up coffee for Lent. She was noticeably grumpy for weeks.

Outside of my elementary school days, the practice of Lent wasn’t something I actively participated in. Sure, I knew when it happened and certainly thought about its significance, but I didn’t pursue it.

This year, though, I decided to embark on my own Lenten journey. It’s been a season of contemplation, joy, and focus.

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Preach the Pauses

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One of the things they teach you in seminary is the importance of crafting sermons. A lot of instruction goes into creating biblically sound, articulate, and application heavy messages. Of course, there are certain things about sermons that can’t be taught, but can only be learned.

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Embrace the Anomaly

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Have you heard the story of Kris Kristofferson? He tried for years to hand his demo tape to Johnny Cash, but it never worked out.

Kris gave his tape to everyone in Cash’s entourage–his band members, his manager, even his wife–but the tapes all ended up in the trash. Then, one day, Kris landed a helicopter in Cash’s back yard and handed him his demo tape.

Cash listened to it and ended up producing it. He was impressed by the music, but also by the reckless abandonment shown by Kristofferson. The funny thing is, moments like this change the course of someone’s life.

Sometimes risk pays off.

Sometimes anomalies happen.

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