A Soundtrack for Lent: Week 2
Here’s the second offering in Alli’s “Soundtrack for Lent” — one song each week that informs and enriches our Lenten pilgrimages. Some weeks, the songs and hymns will connect directly with our Local Table conversations. Other weeks, they’ll simply invite inspiration and introspection. Below the video, Alli reflects on why she chose “Let’s Be Still” by The Head and the Heart for Week 2.
Last week at our Local Tables, we discussed what comes to mind first when we hear “Lent.” Most people said something along the lines of “giving things up.” Others commented on how they never grew up with the season of Lent being a part of their lives. I fell somewhere in between. I grew up knowing about Lent and giving things up every year (throwback to those childhood days of giving up chewing gum and then chomping on a whole pack of Juicy Fruit during worship on Sunday mornings), but even still, I have a tendency to skip straight from pancakes on Fat Tuesday to Reese’s peanut butter eggs and Starburst jelly beans on Easter morning without stopping to appreciate this holy season fully.
It’s so easy for me to get caught up in the business of my day-to-day life, to worry too much about checking off the boxes on my to-do list, and to look ahead to future events before the current one is even over. Before I know it, like The Head and the Heart say, “the days turn into months, and the months turn into years,” and I’m left looking back, thinking, “How did I get here?” and “What just happened?”
This year for Lent, I’m asking myself, “What does it look like to be still?” What would it take for me to take one moment out of each day, whether it’s while I’m drinking my coffee, on a yoga mat, or in the car on the way to work, to just be still, to be free from distractions from my phone or my computer, to turn off the voices on the radio or TV talking about the news of the world around me, and to center myself in the present time. Psalm 46:10 reminds us to “Be still and know that I am God.” In this season of Lent, I hope to take these moments, no matter how long, to be still, to acknowledge God’s presence in my life, and to be grateful. When the world feels like it’s “spinning a little too fast,” I will come back to this Psalm, take a deep breath, and just be still.