Hello Church Family,
March 6th is Ash Wednesday and the beginning of the season in the church called Lent. Lent is a 40-day period (not counting Sundays) leading up to Easter. It has traditionally been a time to “give something up,” to help us grow closer to Jesus, but Lent is so much more than this. It’s about repentance, preparation, reflection, discipline, self-denial, and reevaluation. So, here are some questions to ask yourself as we enter into this Lenten season:
- When I wake up on Easter morning, how will I be different?
- From what do I need to repent?
- Is there one particular sin in my life that repeatedly gets in the way of loving God with my whole heart or loving my neighbor as myself? How do I address that sin over the next 40 days?
- Is there anyone in my life from whom I need to ask forgiveness or pursue reconciliation?
- What distractions most commonly interfere with my time in prayer/Scripture?
- What spiritual discipline do I need to improve upon or want to try?
- What are some things in my life that I tell myself I need but I don’t?
- Why am I giving this particular thing up? How does giving it up draw me closer to God and prepare me for Easter?
- What am I going to tell myself when self-denial gets hard?
- What can I do during Lent to help others?
God’s love and peace,