i was recently asked why i practice lent. i can only speak for myself, of course. it is part of the way i set aside and convert time into sacred space. marking time by following the life of the Christ through the pattern of the church year enables me to create a different rhythm to my life and ministry. others are no doubt able to do this in different ways. a secondary reason for me to employ this practice is the comfort of continuity. that is, i derive great comfort from the knowledge that i am joining so many other christian believers in this ancient rite, and that we are, all of us, joining the ancients who traveled the Jesus-way before us.