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Easter in Waders

Posted by Dave Griffith on April 15, 2017 at 3:50 PM

Tomorrow is the end of lent. By tradition and practice one gives up something for lent. I tried something different this year. I decided that I would give up sitting on my backside and try things that I have wanted to do and had put off. Given the season and on reflection, I wanted them to be events or activities that would lead to changes, and with focus, positive change.

So every day of lent I reached out to one individual I knew, but had not talked too and reconnected. Had some awkward, uncomfortable conversations, but also, some really good ones. By far the most powerful, a friend whom I find is dying of cancer and I did not know, we have reconnected and together we have talked about bucket lists, quality of life, planning, and the nature of events we don’t control. In this season of the resurrection, it takes on a very different promise for both of us.

Another conversation was with a mentee whom I had not spoken with in some time. We connected and as luck would have it we were able to meet for lunch. While I thought I knew her well, in the course of the conversation she mentioned her involvement with a retreat center and helping to raise funds for its operation. Turns out she has a practice of going on spiritual retreat on a regular basis and part of that are long periods of silence and reflection. Something I am not very good at, and the conversation nudged me to find a way to make that part of my practice.

So today I put the plan into play. I have not fly-fished in 25 years. Christmas my wife gave me a new fly rod and reel with the wisdom that comes from 40 years of relationship. She knew that I needed down time and the chance to reflect away from email and that fishing would combine my love of gadgets with an opportunity to get away from the cell phone.

It turns out the last day of lent is the first day of trout season in Pennsylvania. Sunrise on the Delaware, knee deep in my waders, casting and taking in the water, mist, ducks and thinking about the need to do more of this, and that a caught fish is a bonus. Thinking about my family and friends, thinking about my work, thinking about a world that grows more complex, thinking about an Easter empty tomb and how that makes the world simpler. Understanding a little better why we need the message and hope of Easter.

We give up things in Lent, with the intended result to drive change.

The majesty of Easter is that it occurs.




Categories: ECS Outreach, Muddy Boots, Griffith Thoughts

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