My Lent Update

So far, so good. I’ve been away from social media for about 3 weeks or so, and I’m not missing it. I know that when Easter is over, I’ll probably go back to the Facebooks and the Instagrams, but I think (and I hope) that it will have less of a hold on me than before. I can tell lately that I don’t need it or miss it as much as before.

I don’t ever want to get to the point where my life is so wrapped up in the artificial and the digital that I miss what’s right in front of me. I’d much rather see one real sunset than 50 amazing panoramas posted on any Facebook page.

I definitely don’t miss the social media shaming. All the anti-maskers shaming those who wear masks and visa versa. No one seems to grasp that no one else’s mind gets changed in the least through shaming posts on any social media platform. That’s not how it works.

But back to lent. I’m still reading through Bread and Wine, my devotional for this Lent season, as well as Piercing Heaven, a collection of Puritan prayers. I’m also up to 2 Kings 19 in my quest to read through the Bible again.

I want to feel the true joy of Easter again. I want to celebrate like one of those in the early church, rejoicing in the resurrection that transformed and changed everything. I want the American church to rediscover the fire that led a small but committed band of Jesus followers to turn their world upside down (or better yet, to turn the upside down world right-side up again.

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