A time to give something up? A time to take something on? A time to prepare for Easter? Lent is 40 days plus Sunday’s from Shrove (Pancake) Tuesday until Easter. It is a time when many Christians still observe the traditional period of fasting, repentance, moderation, self-denial and spiritual discipline. The purpose is to set aside time for reflection on the life of Jesus Christ – his suffering and his sacrifice, his life, death, burial, and resurrection.
Christians who observe Lent typically make a commitment to fast, or to give up something—a habit, such as smoking, watching TV, or swearing, or a food or drink, such as sweets, chocolate or coffee. Some Christians also take on a Lenten discipline, such as reading the Bible and spending more time in prayer to draw nearer to God.
Why not make your own commitment to look at your life and think about taking on a new commitment or ceasing something either to make space for prayer or bible study or to be part of your church community.
Why not make a commitment to stop what you are doing everyday at mid-day and give thanks to God. It might only take a few seconds but God will hear your gratitude.
Take sometime this week to watch the following video clip about the season of lent. Enjoy.
copyright UCB Media Rev. S. Thorburn