Lent is a season of forty days beginning on Ash Wednesday (not counting Sundays). The word Lent comes from an ancient word lencten, which means “spring.” The forty days represent the time Jesus spent in the wilderness, enduring temptation and preparing to begin his ministry.
Traditionally, Lent is a time of repentance and preparation for the coming of Easter. It’s a time of self-examination and reflection. It’s a time in the church season to do some spiritual “housecleaning.”
Often, the practice of fasting is used as a way to remind ourselves of how we may live attached to things more than God. Giving up things for Lent (such as certain food items or a habit) can help us increase our notice of how God is with us.
More than anything, the days of Lent give us time to look at our relationship with God. We face ourselves in the light of His truth and mercy, so we can again see that the beauty and stunning joy of Easter first faces the road to the cross. The sacrifice of Jesus’ death and the miracle of the resurrection are necessarily connected. They invite us forward, into sorrow for sin, but also into forgiveness and hope and life.
Here are a few thought-provoking statements about the season of Lent:
- Lent is the church season dedicated to falling apart
- Lent is the season you come clean.
- Lent is the season to Reboot.
- Lent is a trust fall into the arms of God.
- Lent is deconstructing into wholeness.
- Lent is when we lay things down, to recover those things which should never have been forgotten
To deepen your experience of Lent, here are some resources to consider.
- Lenten Service Wednesday, Feb 17 In-Person REGISTRATION or on our YouTube Channel
- Devotional guides:
- Seven Practices for Lent download document
- Journey to the Cross by Will Walker and Kendal Haugfor purchase
- Online daily reflection from Biola University
We pray that this season of Lent will bring you to a new awareness of God’s astounding grace and love.