Often overlooked during Lent is the study discipline. When I was a child, my parents emphasized sacrifice (i.e. oatmeal raisin cookies) but never mentioned study. Study entered my Lenten discipline when Suzy and I returned to Little Rock and we started attending Trinity. At first, we participated in the wonderful Shrove Tuesday dinner and the Sunday morning breakfasts where I learned to make cheese grits for three hundred and flipped a lot of pancakes. But there were classes, and eventually we participated in small groups that would meet once a week during Lent. These small groups introduced me to Lenten study and the writings of Nouwen, Merton, and Buechner. They ultimately inspired The Pew and close to 2500 meditations later, study has become a steady diet during Lent.
I encourage you to incorporate study into your Lenten discipline. Others read so much into scriptures and events of the day. They offer a window to God.
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