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Pastor’s Note for March I subscribe to a number of blogs and devotions online. The diversity of ideas and opinions keep me in touch with what’s current in the wider world of faith and church. Sometimes an email presents a challenge to my thinking.
Just such an email arrived in my inbox in the middle of February. I was up to my ears in planning for our Lenten season. My thinking centered around the weekly worship and Lenten Study. What visuals should I use? How will we observe Ash Wednesday and Maundy Thursday?
Then the blog arrived that stopped me in my planning tracks. The author was a Jesuit, Jake Braithwaite, SJ. His article was entitled: “A Not-So-Radical Proposal for Your Lenten Season: Do Nothing”Do NOTHING?? I had already made my plan for my daily Lenten practice and had decided what kind of journal book I would use. I had gathered my art supplies. I was ready for my Lenten activities. It was going to be fabulous and creative.
Then I read Braithwaite’s words: “I’m really interested in the way technology has warped our relationships with our true selves. I’m talking about the selves that show up when we’re all alone, in front of God, no masks. Because we’re liable to be “on” at all times, we rarely take a moment to be still. We’re loathe to take a moment to know God and to let God know us.”
I put the blog in the back of my mind and continued my Lenten planning. But that blog kept pushing its way into my thoughts until I finally made a new plan for my Lenten journey. It’s not something new. I’ve done it before but not for quite a while. I am going to, in the jargon of our modern day, unplug. Yup. On Ash Wednesday the technology in my life is going dark! I am signing off social media, limiting my email time and turning off the television. So, here is my new plan for Lent: I am going to follow the advice of Jake Braithwaite, SJ: “In the Book of Kings, Elijah expects to hear the voice of God in the wind, in an earthquake, in a fire, but instead hears God in a small voice. So, too, will you. God is calling to you in a small voice. You need to turn down the rest of the noise in your life in order to hear. This Lent, turn it down by doing nothing, and listen.”