For me the Lenten season isn’t a time to focus on how I am imperfect. It is a time to focus on God and thank God for His perfection and for the grace that is given to us through the violent death and the wonderful resurrection of His Son. This always gives me pause. For the coming season of Lent we should not be focused on feeling guilty and inadequate as this is the message of the enemy. It’s the perfect season to be thankful for the forgiveness already in place because of the Cross and perhaps, instead of giving up some small thing, give a little more in time, talent and treasure.
The cues are all around us. The “dead” branches that hold the buds of blossoms and new leaves, the new life that springs from the ground after winter, the Spring births of lambs, these are all pictures of what our Father brings to us always: new life!