Today is Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday for those who aren't sure what it means) which always ushers in the Lenten season. Today's guest, Marilyn Leach tells us why she treasures Lent...
Thanks, Pam, for having me on your Tuesday Treasure blog, especially this very special Tuesday. Why is February 9, 2016 so special? Many people are very aware, others have no notion.
Today, depending on what part of the world you’re in, is Shrove Tuesday, or Fat Tuesday, or Mardi Gras Finale, or the last day of Carnival, or Pancake Tuesday. And it’s followed by Ash Wednesday which signals the start of the liturgical season of Lent. It is forty days of preparation in the run up to the celebration of Christendom’s grand Easter Sunday.
I’ve heard Lent, for the sake of illustration, described as our 40,000 mile spiritual tune up, much like our motor vehicle. It’s an inspection of the engine, parts, and electrics to make sure everything is ship shape in Bristol fashion. The vehicle can operate at its peak performance when tuned up. So, what does that mean practically in our spiritual lives?
Lent is a time to do some spiritual inventory, to make sure “our engine is running smoothly.”
That’s not to say we don’t invest in daily maintenance. Just as we gas up, wash the windshield, and buckle up, so too we have daily time to feed our spirit, keep our hearts clean, and seek God’s protective care.
My observance of the Lenten season has taken different forms at various times. I’ve read a special book that dealt with an issue I was facing, a few pages daily, for all four weeks until it was completed. One year I spent all four Saturday mornings to pray and read Scripture away from home in a quiet place. It was a difficult challenge, and one of the most rewarding as well. Memorizing Bible passages about Christian living birthed new fruitful actions. I’ve also done more traditional observances. I gave up drinking colas, which were affecting my energy highs and lows. Forty days of no cola was replaced with flavored seltzer, fruit slices added, which I found refreshing. It has become my favorite cold drink. Many times, my Lenten disciplines have become life affirming habits.
Have you experienced any positive outcomes in observance of Lent?
How do you ‘tune up your spiritual engine’?
We'd love to hear from you!
At the age of nine, Marilyn wrote her first play with a childhood neighbor, “The Ghost and Mr. Giltwallet”. It was a mystery. And she’s been writing in one form or another, hobby or livelihood, since. As well as teaching art, she’s had the opportunity to co-author several plays that have been performed on both church and secular stages, as well as two screenplays. Marilyn has had the good fortune of “discovering her roots” while visiting England where she developed lasting relationships with wonderful people there. It has greatly impacted her writing. A great fan of Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple and David Cook’s Hetty Wainthropp series, Marilyn was inspired to write her Berdie Elliott Mystery series. It takes place in a small English village where the vicar’s wife, Berdie Elliott, is the divine sleuth. Marilyn lives lakeside in a cottage on the outskirts of Denver near the foothills.
Find Marilyn at the following places...
Marilyn's book Up from the Grave is set during Lent!
Unearthed bones in the church back garden sends this small English village digging into the truth.
A Lenten sod turning ceremony for a new water feature in the back garden of St. Aidan of the Wood Parish Church goes utterly pear-shaped when the upturned soil reveals a human skeleton. With Berdie Elliott at the helm, the whole of Aidan Kirkwood digs into the mystery. When the bones held life, just who was this person? Who is the mysterious contessa that arrives on the garden scene? And what does the young and beautiful Robin Derbyshire’s wedding have to do with the grave? Unearth the answers in this fun spring romp.
Marilyn and I would like to share with you another great Lenten book.... I Thurst.... a 40 day devotional by Pelican Book Group authors and staff.
Travel through favourite psalms and discover Christ in a special way during each day of Lent.
I Thurst is available in Paperback and E book FREE*
*s/h charges apply to paperback copies in US only
Well friends, hope you enjoyed today's treasure. Stay tuned each week for more Tuesday Treasures, Thursday Thoughts and Saturday Spotlights.
Until next time take care and God Bless.