What is Lent?
Has anyone ever asked you this question? Can you answer it?
There are many seasons, services, scriptures, stories in our church that are often misunderstood, or maybe just not understood enough to be able to answer questions posed by another. We often assume that our message is clear but we should not take for granted that everyone possesses the same amount of knowledge regarding the Lutheran faith or even the Bible.
So what is Lent? Lent is a time of preparation, 40 days before Easter (not counting Sundays) that are set aside for intentional religious practices. These practices may include additional worship, time for prayer, a daily devotional, periodical fasting, giving up something, taking on something, etc. The purpose is to break the routine of everyday life for 40 days. Whatever you choose to do differently doesn’t have to be life altering but it should be jarring enough to stop you in your tracks, upset your schedule, or alter your behavior long enough to reflect on the gift of Jesus. So that when Easter comes, your heart will be prepared to come on that morning and sing out with a joyful voice, “He is risen!”
For those who begin your Lenten practice on Ash Wednesday, March 1, I want to encourage you to continue. You begin with good intentions. You want this Lent to be different. You want this time set apart to prepare yourself, heighten your awareness, and bring you closer to God. Continue on for four more weeks. On Easter, you will know it is well worth it.
We often complain that we don’t feel close to God or that we are getting nothing out of prayer or that worship seems stale but what have you done to prepare the soil of your heart so that the Gospel seed can be planted and grow?
What is Lent? Lent is a gift. . .for you. A time to draw closer. . .for you. A season to go deeper. . .for you. A time to break the routine. . .all for you. It begins on Ash Wednesday, March 1. Hope to see you in church!
Follow this link to view our entire Lenten schedule: Ash Wednesday and Lenten Schedule