For many centuries Christians have taken the 40 days leading up to Easter for a time of special reflection, fasting, and prayer. Easter is the most important day of the year for the Christian church. It is the day we celebrate the resurrection of our savior and the victory he has won for all of his people through the cross. Yet, often this day passes us by in a blur, with little time for us to contemplate its meaning in our lives.
In a traditional observance of lent, people sometimes fall into ritualistic or even superstitious patterns. They choose to give up some small comfort like chocolate or coffee believing that this is somehow pleasing or useful to God in and of itself. This year, rather than asking you to give up a good gift of God, I want to encourage you to consider adding a practice that will lead you to reflect on who God is, how he has shown his love for you in Jesus Christ, and what exactly His death on the cross means for you. If you would like to give up something, perhaps consider giving up things that would allow more time for prayer and reflection like social media or cable news. Maybe turn your car radios from talk to praise music or guided prayer. However you choose to mark this period, please consider ways you can grow in your knowledge of and nearness to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Below you will find a list of resources that could aid you in your journey.