Here, at the outer limits of Lent,
we are called to walk:
to the paper-thin edges which cut us to the soul;
to the workplaces which weary us;
to the people who confuse us; to the faith which threatens us.
Here, at the corner of Steadfast Love and Faithfulness,
we are called to wait: when our clenched stomachs awaken us;
in the moments of unbearable sorrow;
with the angels who would carry us.
Here, where time is fulfilled,
where God’s Reign is as near to us as our neighbor, we begin Lent:
with the Beloved, whose tears wash away our fears,
with the God who will not let go of our hands.