Spiritual Ruminations: It is Lent…

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I’ve been MIA from the blogosphere for a few weeks.

I could:

  • Blame it on the snow
  • Blame it on the flu
  • Blame it on the Olympics

Or

Just say it as it is—I’ve been busy. Really, really busy!

So, what has been taking my time and energy? In my faith tradition, it is Lent. Lent starts off with a bang, slows a bit and then builds to a climactic celebration of Easter.

In the spirit of Lent, I thought I would share a reflection. Perhaps you will find it a doorway to prayer.

Ash and dust spill down my forehead, remind me of campfires and firebugs, starlit skies and cheeping crickets.

The taste of smoke burns my throat, acrid and unpleasant and my eyes burn with the soot of cigarettes like years ago and Gram and Gramps on holidays in their large family small house space.

It is a desert. a desert of stretching and giving until I have nothing but bone and parched everything.

Someplace overhead is a rainbow a sign a promise.

I am delighted even in my exhaustion of spirit.

The heavens pour out a deluge of hope. I find my canteen, filling up for the next passage through sand and rock

And arid weeks.

Ahead will be another oasis more smoke ash fire water

Resurrection at last.

 

 

 

6 comments

  1. Beautifully and poetically expressed. You helped me to see Lent in a new light and took me back to our smoke filled home, courtesy of a continual flow of cigarettes from dawn to dusk. My parents (and the step-parents after their divorce and subsequent remarriages) both smoked like chimneys. I hated it. As Lent continues to be challenging in many respects, I’m clinging to these words: “Someplace overhead is a rainbow a sign a promise.” So there is. Amen! Thank you, Nancie. It’s good to see you back in the writing saddle again, my friend! xo ❤

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