Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Ash Wednesday

Here in south Mississippi, spring has arrived. In my yard, azaleas are blooming, buds are swelling and everything is starting to look green. It is a wonderful time of year to consider just how lucky we are to live here.

Springtime marks another important season. Today begins the season of lent which some of us mark as a time of reflection and restoration. It can be marked by symbolic fasting and the prayer cycle of the Stations of the Cross. Last year I decided to celebrate the Lenten season by listening to the entire Bible on audio book, Genesis to Revelation, in order. While sometimes it was a bit of rough going and it took 6 months rather than 6 weeks, it was a great experience. This approach brought out the structure and sense of progression that is missed reading passages randomly. It also forces the study of the parts of the Old Testament which many of us tend to skip over. And while I would have preferred to skip the histories that detailed how God ordered genocide against tribe after tribe as a kind of manifest destiny in the Promised Land, there is no denying that it is all there.

The library has books of all kinds in audio format, perfect for long trips and short commutes. Whether you're looking for spiritual nurturing or worldly escapism, you'll find them here. Check them out!

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