A woman I know has a habit of naming her years. Come January 1, she’ll choose a word for the year ahead—something she’d like to be true of the coming months, such as community or adventure or love. If I were to go back and name the past ten years of my life, most of them would share the same few words: Judgment. Guilt. Fear.
Recently I’ve had a hard time praying with words. It’s been one of those seasons when words just aren’t enough—they seem trite and uninspired, and they just don’t get at the heart of what I’m trying to say to the Lord.
A lot of phrases have been used to describe the blog of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship in the past. Dominant. Other-worldly. Best-ever. Chiseled. 6’8”. Body of a linebacker. Long wingspan. Crazy hops. Freak athle—no, wait, hang on, that’s LeBron James. Never mind.
As we mentioned last week, Lent begins with Ash Wednesday on February 13, the day after Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday!). All around the world, millions of Christians will participate in a church service or liturgy that somberly underscores our mortality as creatures and our sinfulness as human beings.