Wednesday in the First Week of Lent

The early METRO today was no less crowded than my usual commute later in the morning; just the riders and standers both seemed sleepier. While waiting for the next train everyone has a favorite spot where we know the doors will open, the car will usually be less crowded, and it is more likely that a seat will be available. Most people go to lengths to find a slight amount of comfort or a quiet place for their morning commute. Snow, a broken escalator, or a defective train disturb our morning or afternoon routine; and put us in a bad mood or cause us to complain at work or at home.

I wondered this morning why such a small disturbance could bring on such emotions. More serious disturbances are greeted with thoughts of “nothing I can do to change…” and/or “ such is life.”

I sometimes think of Lent as a “decluttering” or “cleaning out the closets.” We need to occasionally remove things that have been building up that just get in our way to a better relationship with God. There a little things in our lives that seem to disturb us and put us in a bad mood. We can use Lent as a time to remember to enjoy life’s commute.

About the author

Webb Hubbell is the former Associate Attorney General of The United States. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, A Game of Inches, The Eighteenth Green, and The East End are published by Beaufort Books and are available online or at your local bookstore. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps and The Eighteenth Green won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller. His latest, “Light of Day” will be on the bookstands soon.

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