The church season of Lent is an invitation to that uncluttered time. It is a chance act deliberately, and to put some space between ourselves and the frenzy of our busyness. It is a call to be quiet and to see what our busyness so often keeps us from recognizing. Namely, that we are dust, that we are creatures and not the Creator, and that we are as finite and fragile as the grass and flowers in the fields. At Lent, we remember that all flesh withers, falls, and fades.
And yet, not everything is passing.