Lent is a time of recognizing our frailty and our humanity. It is a time of slowing down and observing how much we need resurrection and need Easter.
As followers of Jesus, we look forward to Easter each year. On Easter we celebrate resurrection and renewal. Between now (February 21st) and Easter (on April 4), we observe Lent. Lent is a time of recognizing our frailty and our humanity. It is a time of slowing down and observing how much we need resurrection and need Easter. We can add things to our lives that help us to focus and we can remove things from our lives. I suggest refraining from something and also adding something.
For Lent we ADD
First of all we add something: Reading a Psalm every day, giving away $5/day, or keeping a gratitude journal, writing an encouraging note to someone each day, add a walk every day, or read through the Easter account in Luke everyday. There are no firm rules for what you add—but as you do add something—let it be pointed towards Jesus—and be sure it helps slow you down to see the image of God in people around you.
For Lent we FAST
Now, some ideas for fasting (or refraining from something): fast sugar, coffee, caffeine, facebook, all social media, news watching, Hulu, Netflix, staying up late or _____ what else could you think of? Ask God to help you choose something!
For Lent we CELEBRATE
Each Sunday is a “mini-Easter” where we don’t observe Lent disciplines. On Sundays we get to celebrate the Resurrection as we prepare for our big celebration on Easter Sunday!
We look forward to committing to this season of Lent together. We can’t wait to celebrate Easter with you!