Let’s start planning for Lent now.
Why wait until March 6th?
DURING LENT, we talk of self-examination and “giving up something.” To those who are unfamiliar with these practices, Lent may sound like a Christian self-improvement season. We focus on bad things we need to eliminate from our lives. We replace our normal greeting, “The Peace of Christ be with you,” with the Lenten alternative, “So what are you giving up this year?” We confess and examine our lives. We talk about our struggles, the times we fail to keep our Lenten disciplines. Lent may seem composed of difficult tasks we endure to get to Easter, dues paid to attend the sunrise service.
Do we focus on ourselves too much in Lent? Have we lost sight of how our Lenten practices are meant to draw us closer to God?
—Max O. Vincent
Because of This I Rejoice
From pages 13-14 of Because of This I Rejoice: Reading Philippians During Lent by Max O. Vincent. Copyright © 2018 by The Upper Room. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books.Learn more about or purchase this book.
Lent begins on March 6. What spiritual practice can you plan to draw you closer to God this year? Share your thoughts.
Make my joy complete.
—Philippians 2:2, NRSV
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