Through the ages faithful people have desired to experience a Holy Lent and thus have engaged in practices of contemplation and repentance. The biblical image is of a journey through the wilderness that leads us toward discovering who we are and who we are not. In this place where we are only allowed to catch glimpses of sunlight we recognize that life is sometimes messy and the path we are on can be confusing and indefinite. Rather than a problem to be solved, what if we came to see uncertainty and emptiness and even failure as gifts? What if we came to understand the wilderness as a place of both brokenness and blessing, that place where the Holy Spirit can nudge us and awaken us to a fuller life? As we make our way to the Light that dawns on Easter morning, let us make our way through a place where we let go of those practices and behaviors that keep us from trusting God and embracing the journey that leads to a more vibrant and vital faith.