Today I was reviewing my site statistics from my old blogsite and was surprised to find that my most popular blogpost ever was the one I wrote on frivolity in our spiritual lives! Oddly, that seems related to Lent. I’ve already discovered that this Lent is a very different sort for me–it’s not about mourning losses or feeling the weight of sin, rather, it’s about light and allowing God’s presence to carry us with unexpected grace. That light and grace can foster the idea of frivolity.
We often have a sense of the frivolous as mere frippery, adornment–“optional extras”–but without it, where do we land? We end up taking life to seriously. To be frivolous is to be playful, creative, inspired. We approach life with humor and humility (yes, those words are related) and bounce back from setbacks and failure because we are able to maintain a healthy perspective.
I wouldn’t say Lent is generally a frivolous season, there is certainly a place in it for light and playfulness. Consider how you might incorporate frippery, humor, light and play into your Lent:
The best way to lighten your Lent is to review your spiritual history and return to disciplines that you found life-giving, lightening, or that inspired gratitude, joy and appreciation of God. It might be as simple as listening and singing your favorite worship music. Rather than giving something up for Lent, readopt this practice.
Lord, remind us how to come to you as little children, to let you handle all the serious stuff and to find joy in playing with you. Stay nearby and remind us you’re close, so we can run to you when we’re afraid and have the freedom of knowing your protection and security. Amen.
*Note: There are references to eastern prayer practices that some of my readers might find uncomfortable.