Giving up the word “Love” for Lent seems antithetical. Isn’t love the heart of Christianity? But we need to ask what it means “to give up”? Does it mean “to renounce” – or could it mean “to remember and honour”? Could the silencing of such an essential word be a way of marking it with reverence?
My choice to give up the word “Love” is an attempt to release God from my suppositions and hold myself before God without the pretense of knowing what it means to observe a holy Lent. Giving up everything, even “Love”, and waiting in the silence, I step into the unknown. How will the silent path open before me that I might better love?