Our world has been plunged into an awareness of a danger, of a life threatening body that lurks about us, identified as COVID-19. In order to avoid this contagion, we have to change our lifestyle, practice “social distancing”, and diligently wash our hands. COVID-19 has become public enemy number one, and it requires our prudence and compliance to the mandates given us, in order to lovingly protect each other.
In all of this fervor, I found myself missing Lent. It seems that so much attention has been given to our confinements, that I was missing the salvific journey of Lent. The scripture “Then give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.” comes to mind for me. I need to be a responsible citizen, but a steward of Lent also. I need the mindset of offering up these sacrifices that have been thrust upon us, with submission to God.
This isolation has given us the occasion to truly embrace simplicity. Maybe our challenge here is to live this confinement, and learn how God can move us, through this “desert”. I want to capitalize on this unique time in my life, and make it into an opportunity, to perhaps learn something about our Savior that I’ve been distracted from before.
Below are the beautiful lyrics and link to the song “Into The Desert” by Curtis Stephan and Sarah Hart. I found this song to be a great reflection right now, during this Lent that has been so different from any I’ve known.
Into the Desert
Come, beloved, and rest your mind;
Leave the things of this world behind.
Here I will be your daily bread, all that you need.
Into the desert I will lead; here in the silence my word will speak.
And you will find the peace you seek here in the desert.
Stay, beloved, and lose your fear; there is healing and mercy here.
Here I will be a living stream, all that you need.
From this desert your life will bloom; out of despair is hope renewed.
And from this death you shall arise, arise with me.