Post by Lee Stephenson on February 17th, 2010
Today is Ash Wednesday (that might be why you see people walking around with ashes on their forehead) or the first day of Lent. Lent marks the 40 day long season of prayer and fasting before Easter. The 40 days most commonly represents the 40 days Jesus wandered the desert.
The purpose of Lent is the preparation of the believer through prayer, fasting, self-denial in commemoration of Jesus’ death and resurrection, celebrated on Easter.
Last year is the first time I really paid any attention to Lent. To tell you the truth, it was something I really enjoyed doing. Therefore, I am planning to do it again this year. Here is my plan for this year:
Last year I took time to fast from all sweets. As hard as that was, I was able to leave the cookies and ice cream alone. This year I decided to go another step and to actually fast from sugar. Now it is pretty much impossible to fast from all sugar, so I decided to stay away from sugary products like: white breads, sweets, soda pop, milk (that won’t be hard), special coffee drinks, lemonade…and so on!
Know that there is nothing magical about observing Lent and taking time to fast. It is a great way to refocus on the things that really matter. Moreover, it is a time to prepare our hearts for the truth and power of the cross.
As the season of Lent is upon us, I would love to have company and accountability in this endeavor. Would you consider fasting along with me as we prepare for the Easter season. In doing so…please take the time to lift the church, our leadership team, the community, your family, and maybe a specific friend or need up in your prayers. Furthermore, I would love to hear your stories. Let me know what the season holds for you, where you desire growth, and how the journey is endured.