Stuck inside for yet another solemn grey cold Winter’s day. This is indeed the bleak mid-winter. The air inside smells sour, stale, like socks; it makes us want to gag. It even makes breathing a chore. It shrouds the day in a sense of stagnation.
Just go outside, and then inhale deeply. The air out there will always be a bit fresher than the moldy attic scented air of the indoors in the midst of Winter. Inhale again, and the fresh air will tingle. It soon revives your spirit and offers inspiration to the soul. Somehow, there is a desire unleashed by a deep inhaling of fresh air.
Fresh air wakes us up. We need to be jarred awake. Winter has enabled us to grow quite sluggish and lazy. We often hibernate at this point of the year. We yearn only to sleep and nap and escape. It is not a period of time ripe for being alive. But the fresh air is just what we need, and reminds us each and every day is a gift. The fresh air points out the deep held longing for a full life, no matter the month or season.
Ultimately, Lent is like fresh air. It slaps us in the face and yells. “Snap out of it!” It isn’t a nasty slap or a real belt in the mug, but it still hard enough to jar us loose. Lent challenges us to put a little pep in our step. In the final days of the downward ascent of Lent, we are being cajoled into recognizing that each day demands are full present. Being fully present is the very foundation of a full Life.
Breathe in, and breathe out, and savor the sweetness of filling up on that which fresh. Let Lent win you over, and claim you to be upward bound. Just breathing fresh air and our attitude is altered, and our perspective has climbed up to higher ground – where all the goodness and beauty can be seen.
Lent is like CPR, offering us the chance to live again, to hear the rhythm and dance to the beat, and to move with the flow of the day.
O, Lord of Lent, open up our lungs and our very being to the freshness of the air, and letthis clean air ignite in us the wish to skip, or jump for joy, or to stride forward in the battle of maturation. Amen.
Reverend William R. Grimbol has spent the past 30+ years helping people create and develop strong spiritual connections with loved ones and God. He is also a published author, with over a dozen books to his credit.