…thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads in every place the fragrance that comes from knowing him. …in Christ we speak as persons of sincerity, as persons sent from God and standing in his presence. 2 Corinthians 2:14-3:6 While in a store I heard a grown woman concede that she was addicted to rain boots. As I looked down I thought to myself indeed she was addicted as she was wearing knee high rain boots and there was no mention of rain that day or in the days that followed. We start the Lenten season with the notion that we are desiring to draw closer to God. Sometimes drawing closer means letting go of things we no longer need. We certainly don’t need “rain boots” on a sunny day but we’ve been wearing them anyway. Yet if God is our sun, that light which shines the way, why do we keep wearing rain boots? Ten days and counting down, this is the revelation we begin to come to as the blend of our own frankincense and myrrh emerges forth; our spiritual covenant to life in the light of Christ amidst the world pulling us into its rain. Even though we don’t see it, we know that the sun is always shining on the world. We don’t need the rain boots or anything that they represent. Much like the sun, God is with us, even in the rain. If our feet get wet we won’t shrivel up like the Wicked Witch of the West. We no longer concede as creatures of habits but rather creatures of consciousness towards a more faithful walk holding only to the one Spirit that guides us through, in triumphal procession towards the light.