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Saturday, March 12, 2016

Lenten Reflections

During the season of Lent, which began on Ash Wednesday and ends on Easter Sunday, many people change their eating habits. Some may
give up sweets or meat, while others may engage in some form of fasting. All of this may carry some benefits, but I think for Christians the Lenten season should be more than another opportunity to become a vegan or to lose weight.

Why observe Lent?

The forty days leading up to Easter are an opportune time for prayer and fasting and drawing closer to God. It is a time when we remember the great sacrifice that Jesus made on our behalf. He left His splendid home in heaven and came down to earth to die on a cruel Roman cross so that we could spend eternity with Him in heaven. Just thinking about it is enough to make us give up all of our bad habits and re-dedicate our lives to Him. Lent is a time when we attempt to empty ourselves and come bare before the cross to find cleansing and healing. As Jesus suffered and died on Calvary, so we too should be willing to suffer and die (to self) with Him.

Lent should be a period of austerity that prepares us for the grand celebration of Easter. This is the day we commemorate Jesus' resurrection from the dead. Contrary to what some religions teach, Jesus literally died on the cross and He literally rose from the grave on Easter Sunday morning (Matthew 28: 1 - 10).

What should we reflect on during Lent?

Our Lord taught us many lessons while He was here on earth, but during the brief period from His arrest to His crucifixion and resurrection, He showed us many examples that we should follow if we are to be His disciples.

Lenten reflections will continue next week.

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5 comments:

Vernita S. said...

Beautifully written, Angela....I love the idea of dying to self.For me this is surrundering my life to God in service, devotion and total commitment. It is my heart synched with Jesus' heart. Happy Easter!

Vernita S. said...

Beautifully written, Angela....I love the idea of dying to self.For me this is surrundering my life to God in service, devotion and total commitment. It is my heart synched with Jesus' heart. Happy Easter!

quietspirit said...

Angela: This year, I am studying a book I read for review,"40 Days of Decrease": its a Lenten Study. Each of the 40 sections has a journal section at the end. We are to read the book of John from the Triumphal Entry until the end of the book, we write about what stands out to us each day. I have learned more about the disciples, the practice of fasting, and about Jesus Himself.

Angela Joseph said...

Hi Vernita,

You are so right, Vernita. Lent is a good time to learn to surrender to God and as you say, have your heart synched with Jesus' heart. Have a blessed Easter.

Angela Joseph said...

Hi Cecelia,

I love the title of that book. I believe it was John the Baptist who said, "He must increase, but I must decrease." If we keep that in mind, we will learn to practice humility and honor God with our thoughts and actions. Have a blessed Easter!