THE SEASON OF LENT is about preparation, so that we can “Enter [God’s] gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise” (Ps. 100:4) with the quality of renewed spiritual energy that comes in response to the sacred rhythms of daily observance. Easter celebrates the victory of light over dark-ness and the reality of the kingdom Christ invites us to explore.
But Easter, like Christmas, has fallen victim to our cultural penchant for sucking meaning from significant Christian holidays and replacing that meaning with tawdry values borrowed from the secular world, values rooted in consumerism and humanism and our incessant demand to be entertained.
Reaching Toward Easter: Devotions for Lent
From page 9 of Reaching Toward Easter: Devotions for Lent by Derek Maul. Copyright © 2011 by The Upper Room. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. Learn more about or purchase this book.
In what ways do you prevent the holiday celebrations from distracting from the Share your thoughts.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise. Give thanks to him, bless his name.
—Psalm 100:4, NRSV
Prayer for the Week
Spirit of the Living God, fall fresh on me.
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