The word Lent comes from the Anglo-Saxon word lencten meaning lengthen, or specifically, the lengthening of days and the time of year we now call spring. The liturgical season of Lent intentionally coincides with the time of year when the days lengthen and the light grows stronger. Life is already heavy with the continuing pandemic, effects of natural disasters, political tensions, and amplified racial injustice. What if Lent this year was about creating space for the light of Christ to lengthen and grow stronger in our own lives? What if a holy Lent this year was a Lighter Lent?
Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me… For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. -Jesus