Theology

Add Something Good for Lent

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!

Your turn:

Is Lent part of your spiritual practice? How do you celebrate Lent?

 

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Tools from the Front Lines of Life: Authenticity

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Love at Christmas

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Thanksgiving Blessings

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Giving Credit Where Credit is Due

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Give Thanks to God

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There is a verse in scripture which sets out in bold relief the great besetting problem of the human race. It is Romans 1:21: ‘for even though we knew God…we did not give thanks.’ Astonishing! How can we actually know God and not give thanks? Scarcely a day passes in which we are not deluged by at least a hundred instances of God’s goodness to us. Thanksgiving ought to be the most natural of human reflexes, as spontaneous as drawing breath.

Doubtless there are a plethora of reasons why we do not feel thankful. Perhaps business is stressful, or marriage is disappointing, or parenting is unfulfilling, or health is deteriorating, or school is unrewarding. Or maybe we simply take for granted God’s goodness to us.

How important it is, then, to rehearse frequently all that God does for us. Only then will an unending torrent of thanksgiving be unleashed from our hearts. Nowhere is God’s goodness more compellingly set out in His word. Immerse yourself in what follows, luxuriate in the story of God’s grace to you. . . and be thankful!

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Who is like the Lord our God? Do you not know? Have you not heard? Has it not been declared to you from the beginning? Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth? It is He who is enthroned above the vault of the earth . . . and who stretches out the heavens like a curtain. How majestic is His name . . . When we consider His heavens, the work of His fingers, the moon and the stars which He has ordained, what are we that He should take thought of us?

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