To experience an emotion is not bad. Emotions are the warning lights on our dashboard. Just like a car, when the fuel light comes on you become aware that minor service may be needed. When the oil light comes on you may know a slightly more in depth service is needed. Becoming aware of our emotions is crucial. If we ignore them, like someone could ignore a fuel light, we will end up on the side of the road broken down.
The act of reflecting gives us time and space to hold up our life situations to the light of the Holy Spirit and scripture. In reflection we sift through experience to see the truth. In reflection we learn to articulate the truths we discover in our experiences. Like the disciples, we can step away from the crowds with Jesus and ask, “What did all that mean?”
The Invitation of Lent series will focus on the different things we are invited to experience during this time of Lent. We will look at the various aspects and approaches to repentance such as the invitation to reflect, to grieve, to pause. And hopefully we will show up to the familiar days of Good Friday and Easter more deeply formed and ready to participate in Christ’s work on the cross as well as his victory over death.