From Your Pastor’s Heart: Lent
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From Your Pastor’s Heart The season of Lent is the 40 day period (minus Sundays) prior to Easter. It is a time of fasting and praying in preparation and focus on the event that changed history, the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. This observance was established by the Church Council which gathered in Nicea in 325AD. This year Lent begins on Wednesday, March 1, known as Ash Wednesday. Typically, Lent has been relegated to Catholic and mainline (liturgical) denominations and while most Americans (76%) do not participate in this season of fasting and focus a surprising number of evangelicals are making the season of Lent a part of their spiritual discipline.
I’d like to challenge our church family to participate during this season of spiritual focus that will lead to a deeper awareness of the meaning of Christ’s death and resurrection. Maybe this means you will do less of something by giving up a particular distraction, i.e. social media, favorite TV show, certain foods. Remember that fasting is not just about doing without, it is about turning the energy of that particular activity or craving towards the cross, towards Christ. We use the time we now have to do more of another thing, i.e. pray, bible reading, meditation.
Try spending your lunch hour over the next forty days focusing on our Verse of the Month, 2 Corinthians 8:9. Consider what it means for Christ to become poor and for you to become rich. Consider how this treasure is intended to bless the world in which you live.
This would also be the perfect time to pick up a journal and periodically record your experience of how God speaks to you during this season of intentional and intense focus.
I am inviting you to join me in saying goodbye to elements of this world so that we can more fully embrace what Christ has done “to put away sin” (Hebrews 9:26).