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Lent. I feel as though I’m just starting to figure this one out.
Most of my adult life was spent in churches that did not, for various reasons, approach the season of Lent with any great focus. It was simply a prelude to Easter Sunday. If Lent was mentioned at all, it was in the context of “giving
And so now I’m looking at Lent through fresh eyes—wanting to see what its purpose it, what my part is, what God’s intention is for this time.
What have I found out?
Lent, like Advent, is a season of waiting. The latter is a time of joyous anticipation, looking forward to the birth of Christ. The former, however, is a time of reflection, repentance and refocusing.
Lent is a time to bring our hopes and longings to the Lord, a time to see what is not right in the world—and in ourselves. And it is a time to seek to bring change, to work alongside the God who is at work in the world today.
And Lent is a time of transformation—at least, it can be. If we shift our focus from the things we’re sacrificing for the season and turn it instead to the actions, thoughts and motivations we’d be better off without, then we can experience a time of real transformation—because that’s part of what repentance is about. We don’t merely apologize to God for our sins; we turn from them and, in so doing, are transformed just that much more into the image of Christ.
Who will you be when Easter morning dawns? As we walk through the Lenten season, take time to be quiet with God, to pray, to listen. Lent isn’t just a time of sorrowful waiting; there is growth to be seen.