Lent: the Art of Possibility

As we enter into Lent we invite you to consider these thoughts from our Lenten issue of Seasons.

The frames our minds create define—and confine—what we perceive to be possible. Every problem, every dilemma, every dead end we find ourselves facing in life, only appears unsolvable inside a particular frame or point of view. Enlarge the box, or create another frame around the data, and problems vanish, while new opportunities appear.

—Rosamund and Benjamin Zander from “The Art of Possibility”

There are many ways Lent has been described:

  • A preparation for celebrating the feast of freedom through the death of Jesus and his resurrection on Easter Day.
  •  A “time out” that provides ways to help us experience the deep love of God for us as unique children.
  •  A path to retrace our own personal and corporate journeys from “enslavement” to freedom that will require not only embracing our loveliness but our need for repentance—for enlarging our frame or point of view—as well.

The art of possibility is the process of opening ourselves to the larger mind, what scripture calls putting on the mind of Christ, making the impossible, possible. Could Lent be that needed disruption in our lives, our families, our communities, our nation and our world that enables us to deepen into God’s kingdom here and now?