Why Lent?

Lent begins Wednesday, February 10 and ends on Thursday, March 24.

Lent is a season of repentance, prayer, and fasting.  The season last for 40 days, beginning with Ash Wednesday and ending with Easter.  The season reflects the 40 days Jesus spent in the wilderness praying and fasting, before starting his public ministry (Matthew 4:1-2).

Ash Wednesday has its roots in the ancient Jewish tradition of repentance and fasting. The practice includes the wearing of ashes on the head. The ashes symbolize the dust from which God made us.  The ashes also symbolize grief–grief that we have sinned and caused division from God.

Lent-2016So why Lent?  First, it is a season of focused discipline.  While we are called on to repent and prayer all year round, Lent challenges to focused discipline for a season.

Second, it is a season of communion.  During Lent, we get to hold hands and kneel symbolically with other Christian traditions.

Finally, whether we abstain from certain meats or certain drinks, or whatever we do, we should do it all for the glory of God (cf. 1 Corinthians 10:31)–not the gratification of the flesh.

Prayer.  Holy Father, grant us your strength during this season of Lent.  We need it, as we seek renewal and to be drawn closer to you.  In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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4 Responses to Why Lent?

  1. humanity777 says:

    “It also forced all people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads.”

    Following the Antichrist!

    • TC Robinson says:

      Do you really believe that stuff?

      • humanity777 says:

        It is you who believes all that “stuff”….I can read and understand the truth…..Religious greed….make it up, so to live within it.

        “WATCH OUT. BE ON GUARD AGAINST ALL FORMS OF GREED. LIFE DOES NOT CONSIST IN AN ABUNDANCE OF POSSESSIONS.”

        The empty souls of the religious!

  2. TC Robinson says:

    To know Jesus and obedience to his revealed will are paramount.

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