A Deeper Season
As you read this, it will be a few short weeks until Holy Week and Easter and the season of Lent will be coming to a close.
Lent, the forty-day season of reflection and preparation for the death and resurrection of Jesus is a time that Christians around the world take time to reflect upon their lives as they approach Easter (Technically, Lent comprises the 40 days before Easter, not counting the Sundays, or 46 days in total).
In the ancient church, Lent was a time for new converts to be instructed for baptism and for believers caught in sin to focus on repentance. In time, all Christians came to see Lent as a season to be reminded of their need for penitence and to prepare spiritually for the celebration of Easter. Part of this preparation involved the Lenten “fast,” giving up something special during the six weeks of Lent.
During Lent you may have taken time to do something special, to go deeper, in your spiritual walk. You may have gone on a “fast,” giving up something as a spiritual discipline like meat, chocolate or caffeine (the Catholic tradition has followed the giving up of meat on the Fridays of Lent – which is why you may know people who refrain from eating red meats and instead, eat fish on Fridays). It could also be the addition of a spiritual discipline, like reading a chapter in the Gospels, praying at a certain time each day or being a part of a Growth Group.
As we approach the final week of Lent, I want to encourage you take some time to prepare your heart for Easter. Look for opportunities that may draw your closer to Christ, remembering his final week as he walked to the cross. If you get the chance, attend a mid-week service, come to our Maundy Thursday Tenebrae service, or a Good Friday service. Each of these services in some deeper and dramatic way offer, offer another glimpse into the life of Christ and what he did on the cross for us. It also allows us to experience Easter in a new and deeper way.
May God’s peace be with you as you prepare for this year’s Easter Celebration.