Lent Day 1

February 22, 2012 by Jong Park
Lent is a period of six weeks preceding the anniversary of the Savior’s death which is set apart as a special season of fasting, confession and prayer. It takes its name from the old saxon word for “spring” since it is always celebrated before Easter. It starts today (Ash Wednesday) until Easter Sunday.

Here are some suggestions on what you can do during Lent, by God’s grace: renew your personal prayer life; read and meditate deeper on Scriptures; engage in the spiritual discipline of fasting on a regular basis throughout lent; look for and act on opportunities to grow in the grace of extending acts of mercy to others.

The purpose in undertaking these activities is to help us deepen our life with Christ. In and of themselves, these activities and goals are no different than any other time of the year. They will not make you a better person or more acceptable in Gods eyes. However, we can use the lenten season to remind us that confession and repentance are essential to our growth in grace. Furthermore, the acts of lent, especially fasting and works of mercy, are easily neglected and forgotten unless some special time is set apart for their observance. This intentional focus during lent can then positively impact our daily walk with Christ throughout the year, not just lent.

(Adapted from Richard Lobb III’s Some Questions and Answers About Lent)

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