Dear Readers of Country Squire Magazine, I wish You a peaceful Sunday and a prosperous, safe week ahead.
This year seems to be rattling by. Who would believe that Lent is already upon us and, annoying for many, Lent begins on Ash Wednesday which is also Valentine’s Day this year. So giving up chocolates or wine, or liqueurs may be a tad tricky this year!
Lent is treated as a period of reflection and a time for fasting from food and festivities. It symbolises the days which lead up to Jesus’ crucifixion and subsequent resurrection, when Christ spent 40 days and nights alone in the Judaean Desert being tempted by Satan. Easter is the big feast at the end of Lent when we celebrate Christ’s resurrection.
The purpose of Lent is to be a season of fasting, self-denial, Christian growth, penitence, conversion, and simplicity. Lent, which comes from the Teutonic (Germanic) word for springtime, can be viewed as a spiritual spring cleaning: a time for taking spiritual inventory and then cleaning out those things which hinder our corporate and personal relationships with Jesus Christ and our service to Him.
This week I leave You with a prayer to focus on Lent. This may help You to focus on something to give up during the Lent period and to make Lent a more important facet of Your daily life during this period than otherwise it might.
Forgive those things we have done
which have caused you sadness,
and those things we should have done
that would have brought you joy.
In both we have failed
Bring us back to that place
where our journey began,
when we said that we would follow
the way that you first trod.
Lead us to the Cross