Blessed Lent, Mission Friends of Orchard Covenant!
Instead of my own words, I thought I’d hand the mic over to Cathy Norman Peterson, editor of Covenant Companion.
Here is a snippet and then I encourage all of you to click the link to read the whole article:
“Esau McCaulley writes about the pitfalls of being an adult convert to Lent in Lent: The Season of Repentance and Renewal, describing the temptation to use it as a “sanctified excuse to get into shape,” that eager desire to “do it right,” and the twisting of fasting into performance — “Look how much I’m sacrificing for Jesus!”
I’ve succumbed to those temptations. I’ve given up dessert because I secretly wanted to lose weight. I’ve halfheartedly given up TV, then made excuses to cling to habits of numbing out in front of screens. I’ve refused to take a Sabbath pause on Sundays, slipping back into legalistic habits. How susceptible I am to performative faith when I “do” Lent.
So these days I’m seeking a spirit of renewal. I need to be restored in the presence of the Spirit…”
Read the rest here: https://covchurch.org/2023/02/20/dancing-in-the-dust/