Grey can be quite soft. It can carry a smidgen of sunset or sunrise, and the luster of pink or lilac. Grey can be quite calming, and ooze a sense of contentment. Grey can invite in cozy and rest and lying fallow. Grey can be the color of a placid sea, or a sky stretched like a blank canvas.
Grey can be a time of quietude, when one is prone to remember reflect, or reminisce. Grey is the exquisite cue to the arrival of aging. Grey does not yield joy.Grey does not make a case for longing or yearning.
Grey is pretty much an everyday color…found everywhere…seen by everyone. Grey is extraordinarily ordinary. Grey is modest, even humble. Grey is the background of most paintings and stories and faces.
The pearls of wisdom offered by the color “pearl grey” are much like those lifted up by Lent. They are neither startling nor shocking. They are simply worthy of remembering and honoring. They are the basics to a strong faith. They are the precious stones upon which a Life of following is built.
Lent is a season of grey. The soul is soaked in a steady dose of a color which is the spiritual equivalent of a relaxed yawn. During Lent we loosen up and lighten up, for ahead of us is a steep climb downward. We will soon be visiting the raw earth of our being. We will walk upon the ground of Grace. The Light of Grace is also grey. I suspect maybe even a lovely pearl grey.
O, Lord of Lent, let us not have the grey skies clear up just yet. Nor put on a happy face. May we spend this Lenten season on the up and up, lifting up only the truth of who we are and who You wish us to become. 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.