What the Lenten Season Means To Me

As a pastor and as a lay person, I have been through many Lenten seasons. Each on has made an impression on me and my walk with Christ.

Of course Lent starts with Ash Wednesday. I have had the privilege of administering the ashes to the foreheads of the faithful as they begin their Lenten journey. This rite makes me reflect on the humble, sinful persons we are and that we are in need of cleansing.

This then is the time for us to “clean house” of all the things that keep us from being like Christ. We do this with a heightened prayer life, a prayer of confession and of repentance.
As I go through the days of Lent I am constantly reminded that even though I am an imperfect human being, I am forgiven of my sins and am loved by God and he will never stop loving me.

This gives me a sense of peace, a sense of belonging, a sense of being accepted. Open your hearts and minds especially during this season to here the voice of God guiding and directing you in all aspects of your life. The Holy Spirit is the conduit of Gods direction and we should be aware of how the Holy Spirit acts not only as our guide but as our comforter.
Each day during this special time, try to discover what gifts God has given you
to use in this world to make it a better place. We may be in this world but not of it. That means that we, as believers don’t conform to the evil and depravity that we see around us. We are to be change agents, one person at a time.

So many people say that Lent is a time to give up something. How many have remarked to me, well, I am going to give up sweets or I am going to give up beer or all kinds of things that they think will show their spiritual discipline. I like to think that Lent is a time to take on something that we have not done. Like a new bible study or read a book by a Christian author, or get more intimately involved in the lives of some of the hero’s of the bible. There are many things you can do during these 40 days (not counting Sundays) to improve your spiritual life.

I look forward to this season that prepares us for the Resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. That day, Easter Sunday is a celebration that reminds us that those of us who believe will have eternal life and no longer be afraid of our passing from this life.
Praise God for the Gift of His Son ! Amen

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