January 31, 2010

What's Leaving for Lent this year?

We are about 17 days away from Lent. Lent is a time when many Christians prepare for Easter by observing a period of fasting, repentance, moderation and spiritual discipline. Not all Christian churches observe Ash Wednesday or Lent, and the bible does not mention Ash Wednesday or the custom of Lent, however, the practice of repentance and mourning in ashes is found in the Old and New Testament.

My tradition of faith does not generally celebrate Lent, but many people in my tradition practice it privately on their own. I have followed Lent practices off and on for many years, as it is a time that brings a heightened awareness of focusing on Christ, the Cross and Resurrection. This time of remembrance is very sweet and special to me, not always easy, but in sacrificing something during the 40 days it has always brought blessings. I have sacrificed (given up for the 40 days) everything from television to sweets. Last year my oldest gave up video games. I haven't decided what my Lent fast will be this year, but I do know that I think more importantly than giving up something the sacrifice turns us to Christ and intentionally our spiritual disciplines are sharpened.

Lent starts on February 17th or the following Monday for the Christian Orthodox faith.

I was discussing this with a friend from church yesterday and she said that God was calling her to fast from Facebook, that the two minutes she spent checking status' she could be praying or reading a quick devotional in her day. That is a great fast. I am glad to have friends that spur me on in the faith.


Faith said...

This post really blessed me. And what a great idea...a fast from Facebook I think I will give that a try!