What is Lent and Why is it Important?
Have you ever wondered what people are talking about when they say they are giving something up for Lent?
Lent is a season of 40 days, not including Sundays, which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday. The 40 days represents the time Jesus spent in the wilderness, enduring the temptation of Satan and preparing to begin his ministry.
Lent is often described as a time of preparation and an opportunity to go deeper with God. This means that it's a time for personal reflection that prepares people's hearts and minds for Good Friday, Easter, and every day of the week. The three main things people focus on during Lent are prayer, fasting (abstaining from something to reduce distractions and focus more on God) and giving.
- Prayer during Lent focuses on our need for God's forgiveness. It's also about repenting from our sins and receiving God's mercy and love.
- Fasting is a common practice during Lent. The idea is that giving up something that's a regular part of life (like eating dessert or scrolling through social media) can be a reminder of Jesus' sacrifice. That time can also be replaced with more time connecting with God.
- Giving money or doing something good for others is a way to respond to God's grace, generosity and love.
It's important to note that doing these things can never make us earn or deserve Jesus' sacrifice. People are flawed and will never be good enough for a perfect God. But Jesus has the power to rescue us from ourselves by offering the free gift of salvation!
Join us in the sanctuary Wednesday, March 2, 2022 @ 12:00 p.m. for an Ash Wednesday service.