Hey y’all. Today is Ash Wednesday and the start of the Lenten season. I’m sharing with you an excerpt from the United Methodist Church‘s website for those not familiar Lent.
“Lent is a season of forty days, not counting Sundays, which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday. Lent comes from the Anglo Saxon word lencten, which means “spring.” The forty days represents the time Jesus spent in the wilderness, enduring the temptation of Satan.
Lent is a time of repentance, fasting and preparation for the coming of Easter. It is a time of self-examination and reflection. In the early church, Lent was a time to prepare new converts for baptism. Today, Christians focus on their relationship with God, often choosing to give up something or to volunteer and give of themselves for others. Sundays in Lent are not counted in the forty days because each Sunday represents a “mini-Easter” and the reverent spirit of Lent is tempered with joyful anticipation of the Resurrection.”
This year I’m going to add instead of subtract. I plan on making sure I incorporate quiet time into my schedule each and every day even if it means that I’m going to bed later than I would like. I’m going to take the time to pray and really focus on my time with God and ask for his direction and divine providence in my life.
Tonight we have the Ash Wednesday service at church to begin the time of repentance leading up to the celebration of the Resurrection of Christ Jesus. Tonight we will pray and remember the temptation of Christ in the wilderness and ask God to come into our hearts as we repent of our sins.
Do you participate in Lent? Are you giving something up? Are you adding something new? Will you do any fasting?