We are now in the season of Lent, the 40 days that lead up to Easter. Lent comes from the Anglo-Saxon word lencten, which means “spring.” It is a preparation for Easter, when Christ springs from the grave, and new life blooms on the earth; when we finally feel the warmth and know, in body and soul, what it is we’ve been looking forward to.
Life is deeper and richer when we experience its seasons. As Christians, we profess that our life is in Christ, and so we live into the seasons of his life. In Lent, by praying, fasting, remembering the vows of our baptism, and through repentance and fellowship, we strengthen the connection of our life to Christ’s. We remember all these things that Christ did when he walked with us through the days that led up to his death and resurrection. In this way we continue to walk with him.
Below are some suggestions to help you deepen your experience of walking with Christ during Lent:
- set aside some time for reflection and prayer, perhaps in the morning, at lunch or before you sleep;
- set aside time each day to read from your Bible – specifically, why not read the Gospel of Matthew, maybe a chapter/day, for the remainder of Lent? The passages will connect you to the path that Christ took through life;
- set aside some money every day – maybe the money you would spend on a cappuccino or a latte – then you can take the money you’ve saved and donate it to a relief organization, like the Red Cross, or Water.org. God knows there are places in the world who need the help – any help – that one can offer!
- make a special donation to support the church of your choice;
- engage in daily confession or prayer. Lent is a time to acknowledge that we often act against our own best judgement. It’s also time to remember that God is merciful and will not withhold forgiveness.