Encounter: Read Psalm 43
I love Lent because it is the one season of the year where it is actually ok to be sad, to be broken, to grieve. Lent is about dying and death. It is about ashes. We are dry bones in desperate need of life, live given to us through the Holy Spirit. We are mourners, people who are keenly aware of our sin and rebellion and the death that it causes, who are in desperate need of forgiveness and grace.
It is during Lent that we can own the ways we have fallen short, own the ways that we are still in process. And if we look too deep down that well we can get lost in despair. And like Casey Affleck's character in Manchester by the Sea, we can come to the conclusion that we just can't beat it. Our flesh, our brokenness has gotten the better of us.
But as followers of Jesus Christ, we know that this is not the case. Like the end of Psalm 43 says, "Why is my soul so downcast, why so disturbed with in me? Put your hope in God for I will yet praise Him my Savior and my God."