Lent: The Christian observance of the liturgical year from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday.
It came upon me unawares. I’ve been busy returning from a trip, running errands, and taking care of my little girl. Suddenly, I looked at the calendar and realized that today was Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent.
As a Protestant Christian, I haven’t always observed Lent. But, for some reason, I was drawn to this season this year. The Lenten Season, which falls between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday, is a time of fasting, prayer and repentance. It’s a time of focusing on Jesus Christ, and the great gift of life He’s given to all of us.
This year, I feel the need to fast. I feel the need to reconnect with my Savior during what has been one of the hardest seasons of my life. I need to hear His voice, feel His touch, be directed by His word.
My fast won’t be as much of a physical one as a mental one. It will be a fast from worry. A fast from feeling as if I have to carry the world on my own shoulders. I want these next few weeks of Lent to bring me closer to my Savior, farther down on my knees, my heart, refocused on everything that truly matters.
My aching heart needs this season of Lent.
My heart needs to know that Jesus still is in control of today and every day.
My heart needs the joy of Easter to come around once again. The reminder that Jesus came to this earth in human form, died on the cross for all of our sins, and rose victoriously on the third day, showing His ultimate mastery over life and death.
Will you join me on this Lenten Journey Towards Easter?