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Seasons Illustrated began with Advent. Advent is a rush; the fast-paced days and weeks leading up to Christmas, in which we prepare our hearts and homes for the birth of Jesus. I’ve always loved it for that reason; it sings with anticipation and excitement. It feels like a deep breath in.
If that’s the case, then Lent is like exhaling. After the hustle and bustle of the holidays and the turning of the new year, life begins to settle down. Things return to normal. As we go back to our jobs, our classes, and our day-to-day responsibilities, time for God sometimes gets pushed aside. But then our ‘ordinary time’ is interrupted by Ash Wednesday, Lent, and, eventually, Easter Sunday. These days remind us of the heart and soul of our faith: that in the midst of hardship, we can find renewal. In the face of death, new beginnings. Through the darkness, Light.
I pray that the weeks spent doing Lent Illustrated will be, for you, a chance to exhale. I hope that in the middle of the busy days your life, these prompts will offer a moment to reflect on both hardship and renewal, and allow you to do so with creativity and love. Because while Lent may not carry with it the same excited rush of Advent, it is in the exhale that we learn to listen. It is in the stillness that we can best hear God.