Just for the record, I'm traveling today and will be in LA this weekend for a wedding. (Hard core Episcopalians are GASPING at this point. A wedding in Lent? Well, there you go.)
In the meantime, I've scheduled some blog posts while I'm gone. The letter to Lillian should arrive on Thursday as usual. Also there are a few fun things for the Friday V&S, and a little silliness for Sunday. If all goes well, they will post when I want them to.
In the meantime, it's Ash Wednesday and I will be flying down south instead of getting marked up as I normally would. So strange.
A couple of days ago, a friend of mine sent me the link to the Ted talk embedded below. It made me think that Ash Wednesday is not so much about being miserable as being vulnerable, allowing the world to see that I'm not perfect, that I'm flawed and messed up and yet would like to be loved anyway.
I am hoping to be more vulnerable this Lent. That is my discipline and my goal and it's going to be very hard for me. Part of it will be through the blog, allowing myself to say more often what I really think, even though it may be wrong.
I need your help, too. I'm not sure how to be vulnerable. How do I go about this in my daily life? If you have some insights, I would be glad to hear them.
I wish you a blessed Ash Wednesday and a holy Lent.