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Feb 1 2013
Preparing for Lent at, yes, your Super Bowl party.

Growing up, I had limited understanding of the church holidays: to me it was mainly two brief celebrations at Christmas and Easter. But as my church has pulled me toward observing the Advent and Lenten seasons, those stretches of longing and lament have taken me back to parts of life I've rather avoid.It isn't necessarily easy or fun, but these rhythms slowly beat against the walls I erect to compartmentalize my life, walls that not only divide me from myself, but keep God and others out.

As peculiar as it might sound, I hope that praying during the Super Bowl will help me keep leaning toward Lent, wholeness, God, even amid an exciting sports event. Maybe it could help you do the same.

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