My Lenten Journey | Gay Wilson


I grew up in the Quaker church, and in my church Lent was never a huge part of Easter.  Easter was about the sunrise service and when we got new patent leather shoes and a new bonnet.  After attending and becoming a member of the Episcopal Church, I began to become of aware of the season. In the days leading up to the season, I usually thought about these additions or subtractions as “Do I want to do something?  If so what?”  A few times I have “given up” or  “added“ something.  At times I was successful, others not so much.

This year I was in that reflection of “if and what” when I heard Fr. Steve say something like “Whatever you do, whether it is give something up or add something, do it to draw closer to the Lord.“  Well that stopped me in my tracks.  Even though that is the logical reason, for me I hadn’t approached it that way.  In my typical ‘rush forward and take charge’ way my thinking was once again “what do I want to do?”  Sigh . . . I guess giving up Mountain Dew isn’t going to cut it this year.  So I slowed down and prayed “God what do you want me to do?”

I kept being drawn to the thought of Daily Prayer and Mass that is celebrated each morning at St. Timothy’s.  On the first morning I rushed into work early so I could leave to attend the services.  When I entered the sanctuary and took my seat, the first thing I noticed was that they were “using their lower and solemn inside voices”.  As funny as that might sound, after a morning of rushing around, it was a jarring sensation.  This was a time to slow down and show reverence to the Lord.

As I continued to go each morning, I became aware of the magnitude of what was happening.   It was not just about my prayers and me.  We prayed for the whole world and for this congregation every single day.  I felt God was demonstrating to me my responsibility as a Christian and how I was supposed to be a part of it.  I now wake in the mornings not thinking about what I have to in my life but what I am called to do.  All of these are things I have heard before, but now during this Lenten season I feel I have lived it and I am thankful.

I feel privileged to be a part of St. Timothy’s.  Know everyone, that when Fr. Steve says that when you cannot attend service the Church is still there praying for you.  I have experienced this, even when there were just a few, the prayers and the thanksgivings are given and received and you are a part of it.

In Christ, 

Fr. Steve Rice