I wanted to say thank you this morning to all of you who followed my Lenten reflections. Without you, I’m sure my discipline would have flagged. Perhaps that’s true of most Lenten disciplines – they flag without community support. Which is why we have gathered together, week after week, to think and reflect and move from our darknesses.
These past six weeks have produced huge changes in some of your lives; for others, the changes have been smaller, the two steps forward, one step back sort of change. Both have their challenges – one is to stay balanced in the midst of crises and the other is to trust the journey really is getting somewhere.
Perhaps today is a good day to reflect on how your journey has progressed. Did you find yourself checking your anger when at another time you might have exploded? You can keep doing that – even if Lent is over. Did you find yourself being gentler when you might have become impatient or releasing an old judgment when you might have remained trapped in tightness? We can all keep up those practices!
Whatever your Lent has been, whether small steps or large, celebrate your changes.
And like a butterfly, stretching its wings after struggling out of a cocoon, fly.