In preparation for our next series, “The Christ Life,” and because of the Lent season, I picked up Keep a True Lent by Charles Fillmore from our lending library. It’s a marvelous collection of Fillmore’s writings on the subject, as well as 40 daily readings to absorb during Lent.
As is most often the case when reading Fillmore, I learned something I did not realize: no where in the Bible is Lent mentioned or discussed. The idea of a 40 day period of fasting and prayer before Easter is a man-made construct.
Nevertheless, Lent, as explored in Keep a True Lent, does deserve our consideration as a wonderful opportunity to complete our “40 days,” as it were, as a foundation to our own resurrection of Spirit in us. Moses had his 40 days, Elijah, his. And Jesus, as we know, spent 40 days before beginning his ministry. Metaphysically, 40 days refers to the “foursquare” creation of a foundation and doesn’t refer to a literal 40 day period of human time.
Are we prepared to spend our “40 days in the desert?” Are we ready to begin building a foundation for Spiritual Growth by becoming aware, as Jesus did, of those ego-based attributes we don’t want or need? Or, are we accepting Satan’s (Ego’s) invitation to amass wealth, power, and glory for ourselves instead of for God?
During this Lent, I’d like to invite you to join me on a 40 day fasting of that which keeps us from our Spiritual center. Let us put aside greed, avarice, and anger. Cast away any thoughts of lack, illness, or imperfection. If we can do that for “40 days,” we can truly emerge as a resurrected Christ Within.
And, that, my friend, becomes the outward manifestation of the Divine Love — a pretty great experience for us all.
By the way, this next series is an arc of birthing, discovering, enjoying, sharing, and uniting with that Christ-nature — the child of God — within us all. The series begins this Sunday and completes on Easter Sunday. Please make plans to attend in person or watch us live on Facebook.