I took the month of February off from this blog. Although a large part of me missed this spiritual exercise tremendously, another part of me yearned to let the field go fallow for a period of time. The fallow-yearning part took precedence, but I am now back, with renewed spirit and a quieter head and heart.
We have been winding our way through the end of the Book of Genesis these past weeks and are deeply immersed in the story of Joseph. He lay fallow for quite a while in the jails of Pharaoh, but has emerged (yesterday and) today wiser and stronger. Perhaps that is a way to think about these weeks of Lent we have recently immersed ourselves in: a time to lie fallow - to let our spiritual soil rest.... and yet not rest. For a period of fallowness should have a quiet exterior while great and important internal (beneath the soil) work is ongoing. Discernment work is like this, and Lent is a blessed time in which to to dig deep.
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