Hmmn, that title may be setting me up for a big let down. I am not getting ready to engage in some extreme sport; Artic challenge; yomping along the Maian way or anything else remotely physical. No, the title alludes to Lent, that season of the church year in the six weeks leading up to Easter. Lent is the time we recall Jesus’ 40 days and nights in the wilderness, immediately after his baptism and just before he began his ministry.
Traditionally it has been a time of fasting, of ‘giving up’ something, (top choices for me in past years have been chocolate, coffee and tea). The idea behind this being that Lent is time for penitence, for focusing on the spiritual and denying the material things of life.I have never found this particularly effective though, since once I’ve given up something I seem to be able to do without it and not miss it, so it never feels like any kind of deprivation.
Nowadays though there are opportunities to spend this time ‘taking up’ something; a spiritual discipline practice; standing in solidarity with the poor with Christian Aid; and, my chosen discipline for this year: A photo a Day. The basic premise is that each of the 40 days has a word associated with it and the challenge is to take a photograph inspired by that word. I will be sharing my photos and words here on this blog as well as on the official pages.
If you would like to join in then please follow the above link for information.
See you soon.