I started this little project by accident.

A few days before Lent, the church published a list of photo prompts – one for every day between Ash Wednesday and Easter. I was excited about it – photo projects are kind of a guilty pleasure of mine – and planned to participate exactly as described:

“Post a picture on Facebook or Instagram that shows how you perceive each word, no explanation required.”

But the first prompt was “Ashes”. And the first thing that came to mind for me to capture and post really felt like it required some context.

The next day the prompt was “Relationship”, and a similar thing happened. After I had written a response to 3 or 4 days worth of words…I started wondering if I could keep it going. So often when I write I wait for months while the words form on my heart, and only put them to “paper” when they have overflowed. I thought it might be interesting to challenge myself with a Lenten discipline of writing something every day; maybe even something spiritual every day.

So I decided to try. In my head, that meant 40 posts in 40 days.

The timing was an issue of course – this has been without a doubt the busiest Lenten season that I can remember. These are always particularly busy times for our family, but this year with the added tasks associated with content creation and production for virtual worship – it has been unlike anything I have ever experienced.

I will never forget it. I will always be grateful. I will be so happy when it is over.

All of that is true at the same time; it makes about as much sense as love ever does.

It is funny that the prompt today happens to be song because – for the love of music and worship – I need to take a step back from these posts as we go into Holy Week. At first I was feeling pretty defeated at that prospect, and then I realized that because the photo challenge didn’t take breaks on Sunday – this post right here (such that it is) is actually my 40th post. I am hoping to post again as we get to the end of the week, but for now – the music needs my attention.

Because our calling is to share the song with you. And we just can’t wait. ❤️

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