“Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing at all during those days, and when they were over, he was famished.” Luke 4:1-2
After Jesus had been baptized, He was tested for forty days in the wilderness, where
He rejected the devil and chose God’s will – the way of the Cross. Each year we set aside forty days to concentrate on repentance and spiritual growth in preparation for our Easter Celebration. We call this time Lent. Ash Wednesday is the beginning of the Lenten Season and on that day a Cross is made with Ashes on our foreheads as a reminder of our sinfulness and mortality. This year Ash Wednesday is observed on February 26, 2020 and the Sundays of Lent will all occur in the month of March. Passion/Palm Sunday will be celebrated on April 5, 2020. This year we will again have Wednesday Midweek Worship Services at 6:00 p.m.
Historically, Lent has been a time for self-reflection and repentance, prayer and fasting, and sacrificial giving. You may have heard the phrase “giving up something for Lent.” Often, people observing Lent will fast from something – give something up – as a spiritual discipline. It could be a certain type of food or a behavior that someone might consider a vice. Others will add something, like reading daily devotions or spiritual reflections or praying more regularly. No matter what the activity, all of these changes are meant to bring us closer to God and strengthen our faith as we put our trust in Jesus Christ.
As our Lenten Verse highlights “Return to the Lord, your God, for He is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love.” Joel 2:12
May this Lenten Season be a Blessing to you.