We are nearing the end of the annual season of Lent, a time from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday, set aside to prepare and focus believer’s hearts and minds on the death and wonderful resurrection of Jesus.
Some use this as a time to forego chocolate or some other pleasure, a sort of fasting from something that matters to them. Ultimately it is the discipline to resist temptation, since Jesus resisted temptation during His forty days in the wilderness. That is a perfectly fine way to remember the Lord, if that is how He is leading you and you find meaning in giving up some sort of pleasure. In fact, my husband and I forego processed sugar during Lent. We always feel better as a result.
This year I also decided to add the good habit of seeing if I could bless someone in a small way each day during Lent. I admit I became distracted some days, and didn’t make the conscious effort I should have to try to bless someone. I like to think that I was able to bless someone each day all the same. I hope to carry this habit into Easter season, and beyond. And to be more conscientious so I don’t miss a day.
Perhaps your tradition doesn’t practice or acknowledge Lent. If not, why not consider pausing during this time of Paschal Triduum (the four days of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Easter Sunday), to stop and take an extra assessment of your spiritual walk? Listen to what the Lord is saying. You will be blessed by your time with Him.
Praise be to God! Alleluia! Alleluia!
Is Lent part of your spiritual practice? How do you celebrate Lent?