Lenten Thoughts 2019

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Lenten Thoughts 2019

When I think of Lent, I think of daffodils. To bloom, daffodils must have a period of quiet (twelve to sixteen weeks) underground in the silent, cool darkness. During that time, a daffodil slowly develops roots as it takes in nutrients from the soil. It then goes dormant, resting, before beginning the inner formation of the future flower. Finally the leaves push through the soil to the light, the first sign of the inner silent growth. The foliage, its life supported by the strong roots slowly grown during the quiet resting time, is able to withstand snow and freezing temperatures. Three to six weeks after the leaves appear, the daffodil fully blooms — resurrected from the brown seemingly lifeless bulb.   Lent for me is like that. It’s a time for quiet reflection and inner growth — a time to draw in nutrients, to send out new roots, to intentionally prepare for growth, for new life. What “nutrients” will you add to the soil of your growth this Lent? What intentional changes will you make in your life that will give you time to simply “rest” in the Lord’s presence — in the deep, quiet, nurturing of His Spirit so that, transformed, you may bloom in the glorious beauty of His likeness.



Nancy Young National President The Episcopal Community