I have been pleasantly surprised at how much has been spoken and written about the season of Lent. This focus around Lent has been around for a long time but for some reason, it has eluded my attention.
Because of this fresh awareness I’ve enjoyed digging a little deeper into the meaning of Lent and the role it could play in my life.
For some background around Lent I read this article by Ken Collins. He writes:
Lent is a season of soul-searching and repentance. It is a season for reflection and taking stock. Lent originated in the very earliest days of the Church as a preparatory time for Easter, when the faithful rededicated themselves and when converts were instructed in the faith and prepared for baptism. By observing the forty days of Lent, the individual Christian imitates Jesus’ withdrawal into the wilderness for forty days. All churches that have a continuous history extending before AD 1500 observe Lent. The ancient church that wrote, collected, canonized, and propagated the New Testament also observed Lent, believing it to be a commandment from the apostles.
On his website Ken Collins gives this great insight as to why your church does not celebrate Lent (that is, if it doesn’t).
My daughter sent me a blog around Lent from Rethinking Youth Ministry and again, a different view on what Lent can mean to someone.
I have decided to do a Lent reading plan from You Version. You Version have some really great reading plans in general and now, as an extra bonus they’ve added a Lent reading plan that you can connect to on their blog.
The joy for me is that all of these comments and writings can help us to connect with God.
I hope Lent will mean something to you. I hope that it’ll be much more about learning something about your faith in God than about what to give up.
Even though I am one day late with this blog, it’s not too late to do something.