Today’s Word: ‘Cranny’ as in… nook and cranny, as in a space, a gap, some leeway, latitude, some margin in our otherwise “brimmed-out-and filled-to-the-top-with-no-more-room-to-add-anything-more” schedules.

Creating some ‘cranny’ in our lives is an ongoing challenge which takes effort and discipline. How counterintuitive is that? The season of Lent is approaching; a season which offers us much, if only we’ll let it. But “letting it” will necessitate some understanding. Frederick Buechner writes this about Lent:

“In many cultures there is an ancient custom of giving a tenth of each year’s income to some holy use. For Christians, to observe the forty days of Lent is to do the same thing with roughly a tenth of each year’s days. After being baptized by John in the river Jordan, Jesus went off alone into the wilderness where he spent forty days asking himself the question what it meant to be Jesus. During Lent, Christians are supposed to ask one way or another what it means to be themselves.”

If we’re going to give ourselves half a chance to understand what it means to fully human, then we’ll need some cranny. I’m more and more convinced that Lent is not so much about giving something up: chocolate, coffee, cream in my coffee, sugar, technology (even one day a week!) as it is about creating some space, a gap, some margin, — some cranny in our busy lives so that we can think differently about all of these things we usually do without thinking about them.

As we move into the weeks ahead, I’m inviting you into some deeper thinking about the remarkable journey through the season of Lent. If this is going to be helpful at all, instead of giving up some behavior, let’s just create a little cranny to ask ourselves what it means to be our truest God-breathed, Spirit-inspired selves. A few moments each day to explore how, at the end of it all, or rather, at Easter, at the new beginning of it all, we’ll have discovered how we too have been brought back to life, renewed, restored, reinvigorated, resurrected.

We’ll only be able to do that if we find some cranny.


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