Horizons - Even celebrations last year like Easter and Christmas had elements of purification and leaning into God's mercy. A stripping away of excesses. A stripping away of control, really. And for me, a stripping away of false notions about hope.
Each day of Lent, as I meditate on the stories of Noah, Job, the Israelites, the Roman official, the prodigal father, the lost coin, the Pharisee and publican — the story of the lime plant flashes through my mind.
In more recent decades, Lent's focus has shifted from giving up bad habits to doing good works, stepping outside one's comfort zone to do good deeds, or praying more. Still, the chocolate hangs over my head.