Say Goodbye This Lent. And Hello …

“I don’t know why you say, ‘Goodbye,’ I say, ‘Hello.’”

I highly doubt Paul McCartney envisioned the title of one of the Beatles’ hit songs as worthy of a commentary on Lent. But, given the lyrics, which continually refer to someone examining how every positive is met with a negative, it’s worth a look.

Sure enough, St. Paul, in his letter to the Corinthians, lays out the path to seeking the new, and moving away from the old:
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!
2 Corinthians 5:17

We are tasked with finding a new way of living life, conducting ourselves in a new order. The old ways are now a memory. Yet, the past keeps lurking in the parts of our memory when it touches us at our weakest moments. Yes, that activity, that relationship, that substance was good, so let’s revisit it, just one more time. No harm, right?

Isaiah says, wait!

Isaiah 43:18-19

“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”
Isaiah 43:18-19

The prophet saw our way away from the old and onto the new, the opportunity to say “yes” to our new life, our new creation.

There is too much sadness, too much resentment, too much “baggage” in the “yes’s” of yesterday. Lent is our time to prepare for our own new life, as we walk with Jesus in His final days leading to His passion and resurrection.

The world says, yes, be with us again. We now can say “No. My life will take a new path, basking in the love of The Lord.”

Michael Throop