Lightening the Load

Then we who are alive, who are left, shall be taken up together with them in the clouds to meet Christ, into the air: and so shall we be always with the Lord.

—1 Thessalonians 4:17

Our old Episcopal priest used to encourage us to contemplate during Lent what we have done to love our neighbors as ourselves; to take stock, to finish projects, to make apologies—in short, to prepare to meet the Risen Lord.

I like the notion of Lent as a...

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About the Author

Jean Hughes Raber teaches journalism at Michigan State University.