“New beginnings are often disguised as painful endings.” ― Lao Tzu
Lent is a time for new beginnings. Our sacrifice may begin a new way of life that we continue past Easter. Our daily communication with God during Lent may become a lifetime practice. Our lenten service may be something we wish to do for the rest of our life. In 2004, I began the Hubbell Pew during Lent. Now over 2000 meditations have been written.
Most importantly as we become closer to God durning Lent we develop a relationship we can not bear to give up. It’s one of those mysteries that we will never solve, but will enjoy the process. Mathematicians try to solve Pi and the further they take to solution out the closer they get the answer, but they never quite get there. The closer we approach God, the more we want to close the gap.
As to Lao’s saying, how often has what seemed to be the end of the world has become a fresh start. If you hadn’t broken up with your boyfriend or girlfriend how would you have ever found your life’s partner? There are a million examples of the wisdom of Lao’s words. I certainly have a few examples, and I bet you do as well.
This Lent ask yourself what of my sacrifice, service, and prayer will become a new beginning?