With great emotion a good friend proclaimed, “I do not have cabin fever, I have cabin imprisonment! I feel so trapped in my house, I just want to open every door and window and clear out my long dark winter cave.”
There is clearly holy synchronicity to Lent – in the lengthening of days and the need to purge ourselves of feeling that we have been suffocated by a long season of dark cold days.
This deep need to cleanse ourselves is, in many respects, at the core of our Lenten journey. The hope is that our Lenten practices will provide for us the opportunity to clear out, let go, and stop those things that make us feel as if our souls are being held captive.
One of the most debilitating challenges is centered in forgiveness. Some of the most helpful words in this regard are from theologian Frederich Buechner:
“When somebody you’ve wronged forgives you, you’re spared the dull and self-diminishing throb of a guilty conscience. When you forgive somebody who has wronged you, you’re spared the dismal corrosion of bitterness and wounded pride. For both parties, forgiveness means freedom again to be a peace inside one’s own skin and to be glad in each other’s presence.”
Spring is coming…may forgiveness be likewise for all of us.