>Wednesday, March 9th is Ash Wednesday.

Ash Wednesday kicks off 40 days of Lent.

Lent is the journey of repentance, sacrifice, and penitence that culminates in the acceptance and acknowledgment of the Grace of Easter. Lent is about our awareness of sin, identifying with Jesus, and recognizing our need for a Saviour, even today. It may be a very old tradition, but it’s applications are completely modern.

The journey we call Lent, these 40 days soon to be upon us, is often traversed via fasting–giving up something we have become accustomed and thus becoming aware of our dependence on it and turning toward greater dependence on God.

Our fasted thing becomes the symbol of our sin and exposes our humanity and depravity. Giving up coffee, when we drink a pot a day, makes us aware of how much we rely on coffee to get us going in the mornings. We feel the effects of not being better stewards of what we allow to control us. We recognize our weakness in allowing ourselves to give into the habit and how whiny we become as we feel the withdrawals taking place. We look to God to help us. We have to pray extra hard for the Holy Spirit to help us keep a peaceful, happy attitude even when we feel tired and grumpy. Our pain, our sin, our weakness points us toward God and invites Him to intercede on our behalf. We recognize our wretchedness without Him.

The 40 days of fasting helps us understand sacrifice better. Though we may be giving up complaining, eating meat, or Grey’s Anatomy, we come just a little closer to feeling what Christ felt when He was asked to give up his friends, his ministry, and, ultimately, his life. It certainly wasn’t easy, but He let God’s will rule. And as a result, we get to experience an indescribable freedom that only came as a result of sacrifice.

What increased freedom is God inviting you to enjoy? What will your sacrifice be? You’ve got 6 days before kick-off to decide.

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One Response to “Lent”
  1. Judy says:

    Oh my, I need to pray some more about what to give up… thank you for the good word!

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