Sometimes it is good to pull from our history and to share wise words and wisdom from the past… As we embrace the Lenten season, I’ve found a treasure in the forward to Charles Fillmore’s Keep a True Lent. It was written by Georgiana Tree West, who was ordained in 1935.
“When we consider Lent as a well-rounded or ‘completed’ season of retreat from the things of the world for the cleansing of the mind and the recollection of the things of Spirit, it becomes a true season of preparation for the glorious Eastertide; a preparation for the resurrection of the mind from the darkness of its sins, doubts, and false beliefs into the light of understanding.
One of the most valuable ways of observing the Lenten season is to fast from (lose and let go) the belief that men or nations can stand in the way of God’s good will for man. Now is the time to affirm the power of the Christ Spirit indwelling in all men everywhere and influencing their thoughts, words, and actions to work for the good of the whole. We all want to be of some influence in establishing world peace…We must learn to deny our selfish impulses and be obedient to impulses of brotherly love. When we withdraw our attention, interest, and support from the false and the unworthy, this is true fasting. When we give that same attention, interest, and support to the enduring good, we are feasting on the things of the Spirit, and this is true prayer. When we have truly fasted in the Christ way, we have increased our ability to respond to God’s good will.”
And so it is.