i love this lenten season. for years, i thought lent was left for others but somehow not for me. a few years back i discovered how wrong i was. here's why.
"On the Christian calendar, Lent (from Latin, meaning “fortieth”) is the forty days beginning on Ash Wednesday and leading up to Easter Sunday. Sundays themselves are not counted in these forty days, as they are generally set aside as days of renewal and celebration (“mini-Easters” of sorts). The number forty carries great biblical significance based on: the forty days of rain Noah and his family endured in the flood, the forty years Israel spent in the wilderness, Jesus’ forty-day fast in the wilderness, the forty days Jesus spent on the earth after his resurrection, and so much more. Forty days has been used by God to represent a period of trial, testing, and preparation. Likewise, Lent is a season of preparation and repentance during which we anticipate the death (Good Friday) and resurrection (Easter Sunday) of Jesus. It is this very preparation and repentance – aimed at grasping the intense significance of the crucifixion – that gives us a deep and powerful longing for the resurrection, the joy of Easter.Lent is a journey to the cross: meditating on our sin and weakness, looking to Jesus as our perfect example and substitute, and being heightened in our worship of his victory over Satan, sin, and death. On the cross, Jesus took our place to appease God’s righteous anger toward our sin and rebellion. He was separated from God so that we could experience union with God. He was crushed by God so that we could be adopted by God. He was raised with God so that we too might be raised with God. The drama of how this unfolded is the story of Lent. The journey of Lent is to immerse ourselves in this grand story so that it might increase our appreciation of Easter and love for Jesus. May we mourn the darkness in our hearts and rejoice in the light of God who came into the world to save us!" - Journey to the Cross: A 40 day Devotional, by Kendal Haug and Will Walkeri love the idea that we can journey through this season with eager hearts, full of purpose, to better understand the Gospel, by understanding the journey to the cross and the joy that awaits us on the other side.
i am reading through a 40 day devotional, i quoted it above, and it's free online, from The Gospel Coalition here. i read through it last year and it was honestly one of the best things for me, EVER. i have great anticipation for what's ahead over these next 40 days. in a season after moving, that is full of new, i need focus and clarity. when it seems like provision is in question as my husband is looking for jobs, i need to focus on the Lord as our chief provider. and what better way to do that than to focus on the Lamb of God who takes away our sins, who provides a way for us to know Him and to be with Him forever.