February 10 is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent.
What does this season mean? What does it involve? How do we use this season to prepare for Easter, the greatest feast in the Church?
Lutheran pastors show the way, with explanations about Lent in the early Church, including ashes and fasting:
With regard to prayer and contemplation, I can highly recommend the Revd Joshua Scheer’s which you can follow every day:
An Anglican pastor’s wife, Anne Kennedy, shared her thoughts on why Lent is an excellent time for addressing one’s spiritual state:
The Reformed and the Evangelicals are right to say that Christians should not feel obliged to treat Lent differently than any other time of the year. That means we should always be contemplating the state of our souls and repentance — turning away — from sin. In any event, we have the freedom in Christ to choose whether to observe Lent with special spiritual disciplines. See ‘Lent a source of Protestant contention’ in the next post where a lively written discussion takes place between a Reformed pastor-professor and Lutheran laymen:
Lent is an ideal time to begin reading the Bible, always profitable to body and soul:
Some will ask, ‘What is the point when we only revert to our old ways afterwards?’
After 40 days, a new behaviour or spiritual discipline — more prayer! — should be part of us, enabling another step or two on the lifelong road to sanctification. We can then continue to build on that the rest of the year and when Lent rolls around next year, work on the next knotty and stubborn part of our sinfulness.
Lent is a great time to build layer and layer of sanctification, accomplished only with divine grace through our only Mediator and Advocate Christ Jesus.