March 17, 2013
So. How's your Lent been going? Very Lent-y? Me too.
Shortly before Ash Wednesday one of OLSWA's chaplains, Fr. Paul, said that despite what you give up or take on for Lent, God always gives you the lent that he wants for you...so don't kill yourself with penances and whippings. Make your sacrifice something practical and doable...and then fasten your seatbelt.
So heeding his advice, I've been a wine-drinking, chocolate-eating, tv-watching fiend so far this Lent. I thought, this year instead of doing the 'same old same old', I would ditch the food/tv sacrifices altogether, and do something practical that would be difficult, yet still attainable. So I took on the great pare-down project of 2013 - since we will be moving in 2 months anyways. I figured I would get rid of all the things that I haven't touched since we last moved....last year....no matter how much I like them.
It's been going, slowly, but surely. I've been going through our things twice, getting rid of more stuff the second time. One of my friends is my heroine in this - she gives away things she likes but knows she doesn't need to keep just because she likes them. It's been working for me, and I've been feeling good about not moving yet another load of stuff that I don't use or like or both which spurs me on to give away more and more.
And then - my real Lent started.
I cut the tip of my thumb off in a freak kitchen accident. It wasn't the entire tip mind you, but it was a good portion of it that I was quite attached to, by the way. That took 2.5 weeks of thumbless living to heal. Do you want to know what? I love opposable thumbs. LOVE them.
Within one week of my thumb's healing, I got the stomach bug that had been going around. I felt like I was dragging around a bag of sledgehammers. 2 days spent on the couch. In between getting up and working all weekend.
And interspersed through all that, I've been all worrying and stressy about The Talk we're going to be giving at the conference next week. While being asked to do this talk is an incredible opportunity for growth for both Tess and myself, we're both huge fans of not-public-speaking. So I worry. And worry. And worry. But I know we can do this, and we're both so very excited about the subject matter that I'm so looking forward to the day. I just can't help myself!!
So all in all, Lent has definitely not been what I planned it to be, but I think it's been what I've needed, and it's not even over yet. I'm a little afraid for what Holy Week might have in store...I might behead myself by accident or something. But despite it all, despite all the freak accidents and sickness and worry, I have felt the Lord's presence in a new and exciting way, and for that, I'd sacrifice more than just my thumb.
Hope your Lent has been everything you hoped it would be and more.