When I was kid, I loved red Jello. My Mom would often whip me up a batch before school, and tell me I could have it when I got home. After school I would scoot home and race to the refrigerator.
Most times it was not quite done. Though the top did shimmer, there was still a puddle or two. Mom would say, “It hasn’t fully set, but by the time we are finished with supper - it should be ready.” It drove me crazy to wait for the red Jello to be ready to wiggle. Waiting is just not a kid talent.
Lent is also a time of waiting, only this time what is setting is our faith. Lent is a time when we are responding to God’s call to let our faith gel. It is Lent’s hope we will regain our strength of faith, a firmness of convictions, and the willingness to follow our callings. Simply put, Lent creates discipleship, and discipleship is when faith has finally coagulated.
A firm faith is frequently called into action to serve, sacrifice, and make a difference. A firm faith has what it takes to walk the walk, and not just talk the talk. Remember, there is nothing wrong with the talk, unless the talking never gels, and never yields any changes or actions of charity – the building of the Kingdom.
The dollop of whipped cream on top, well, that is God’s delighted approval, and the smile upon my mother’s face as she served it – a smile which wrapped around her entire head; God’s smile stretches around the whole planet.
O, Lord of Lent, let our faith gel and set and wiggle, let it dance, let it walk with courage, let it climb up to higher ground, and let it build the Kingdom right here on this good earth, and in this good time. 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.