You have redeemed my soul

Mardi Gras. Fat Tuesday. Paczki day. Shrove Tuesday. No matter what you call it, it means Lent is nearly here.

As a child, I attended a liturgical church. This meant that every year as Ash Wednesday approached, I was told to think about what to give up for Lent. I usually gave up chocolate or something along those lines, at least for a few days. We left that church when I was around 13, and I didn’t give Lent a whole lot of thought for the next 25 years or so.

We now attend a church that encourages us to observe Lent. I’ve been thinking over the last few days about why to make a sacrifice for Lent, what it means, and what God is asking me to do. I have some ideas mulling around in my head which I’m not going to articulate here… at least, not yet. But I’m hoping that with God’s help I’ll be able to make a small personal sacrifice that will let me spend more time focused on him and his sacrifice for me.

In the meantime, here’s a song that’s been going through my head since I woke up this morning. You can listen to it on the player below–it’s track 6. Originally by Waterdeep, this recording is my Page CXVI, my favorite band at the moment.

You have redeemed my soul
From the pit of emptiness
You have redeemed my soul
From death

I was a hungry child
A dried up river
I was a burned out forest
And no one could do anything for me
But You put food in my body
Water in my dry bed
And to my blackened branches,
You brought the springtime
Green of a new life

And nothing is impossible
For You

Now, You have redeemed my soul
From the pit of emptiness
You have redeemed my soul
From death