Our Need for Lent
Archdeacon Howard Stringfellow
15 February 2012
The Lord’s words to Cain never quite become silent. They never leave, and they remind me, as they linger, of the need we have of using every means possible to prefer the good and to leave the evil alone: “If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin is lurking at the door; its desire is for you, but you must master it” (Genesis 4:7).
The choice is ours, of course, whether we do well or do not do well, or whether we master sin or permit sin to master us. The desire to defeat our enemies as much as anything I know points to our need for Lent—our need to repent and to return to the Lord.
Defeating our enemies clearly belongs to the category of not doing well and letting sin become our master. As long as we’re clear on that, some room may remain to have a little fun.