Lent. It is that time again. The liturgical season of Lent has begun and we have already participated in Ash Wednesday worship and are moving on to Palm/Passion Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday in order to get to Easter Sunday. In order to be prepared to understand and celebrate Easter as fully as possible, we should seek to deepen our understanding of and appreciation for Lent.
We know that Lent is the forty day period between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday (excluding Sundays). We know that this is a period that should be marked with preparation and penitence. The early days of the church used this time to prepare for baptism, which took place on Easter Eve. Today we use this time for study, personal and congregational worship and spiritual renewal.
One of the suggestions I would make, for the purpose of personal renewal, is that we use part of this time meditating upon the key aspects of Christian discipleship. These key aspects are worship, prayer, giving, serving and witnessing. We all approach these disciplines in a number of different ways. However, these very simple characteristics of discipleship, when cultivated through practice, will enrich our relationship with Jesus in marvelous ways.
Indeed, may we continue to grow in who we are and how we live out our faith in Christ during this very special season of the Christian year.
- Doug Fairbanks
Published on Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 11:44 AM EDT