Most of us know that today marks the church’s entrance into the season of Lent. It all begins each year with Ash Wednesday.
It’s a 40-day season (not counting Sundays) centered in the examination of our lives through lament, repentance, and fasting. Perhaps many of our churches don’t regularly engage in these biblical practice. But we know Christ himself did. In all, Lent culminates with the weekend of Good Friday, Silent Saturday, and then Resurrection Sunday (April 2-4 this year).
But many people may ask why participate in Lent? It seems so stuffy and religious, so outdated.
The church has entered the season of Lent. This is a focused period of humility, repentance and embracing our own mortality. As my pastor has recently reminded us, Lent is not about asking, “What am I going to give up?” Rather, Lent asks, “Where have I moved away from God and how might I move toward him?”
This may happen within the realm of giving something up, fasting from a particular item that has pulled our heart away from our Father. But giving up something isn’t a magical formula—and we don’t need to give up something just to give up something, to show our own strong will. We are desirous that our hearts be uncovered, which will hopefully push us toward God as we feel our desperation. Continue reading →
Christians around the world know that this past Wednesday we entered into the season of Lent. It all begins each year with Ash Wednesday.
Lent comes from the Dutch word Lente, meaning “Spring” (I think there’s some German background in there as well). It’s a 40-day season (not counting Sundays) centered around a time of examining our lives, repentance, and fasting. We do this as we remember Christ’s own 40-day period in the wilderness.
In all, Lent culminates with the weekend of Good Friday, Silent Saturday, and then Resurrection Sunday.
But many people may ask why participate in Lent? It seems so stuffy and religious, perhaps outdated. So why take part in it? Continue reading →