What Is Lent?
Lent comes from the Angelo Saxon word lencten which means spring. The forty days represents the time Jesus spent in the wildness enduring the temptation of Satan and preparing to begin his ministry. Lent is a time for repentance, fasting and preparation for the coming of Easter. It is a time of self-examination and reflection. Lent begins with Ash Wednesday and this year that day is on February 14, 2018. In the early church lent was a time to prepare new converts for baptism. Today, Christians focus on their relationship with God, often choosing to give up something or to volunteer and give of themselves for others. Sunday’s in Lent are not counted in the forty days, because each Sunday represents a mini Easter and the reverent spirit of lent’s tempered with joyful anticipation of the Resurrection. Every year the day of Easter is different the reason for this, is that Easter is the first Sunday after the full moon in spring, and this year will be March 31 I believe and Easter Sunday is April 1, 2018.
Mardi Gras? What does that have to do with Jesus?? Mardi Gras means “Fat Tuesday” It refers to the day before Lent begins. Lent always starts on a Wednesday, the day before is always a Tuesday. And it’s call “Fat” or “Great” because it’s associated with great food and parties. In earlier times, people used Lent as a time of fasting and repentance. Since they didn’t want to be tempted by sweets, meats and other distractions in the house, they cleaned out their cabinets. they used up all the sugar and yeast in sweet breads before the Lent season started, and fixed meats available. It was a great feast! Through the years Mardi Gras has evolved (in some places) into a pretty wild party with little to do with preparing for the Lenten Season of repentance and simplicity. However, with the next day being Ash Wednesday can begin a time of all Christian to self-exam their own lives.
Grace and Peace to You My Friends
As I begin my day with God I meditate on his words as always, as this morning I read from 1 Corinthians 3:16 these words were written by the Apostle Paul to address the problems in the church in Corinth, read these words: Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you? Take a moment and think about these words God’s Spirit lives in us (wow) Everything that comes out of our own mouths, everything that we put into the body, as well as anything we seem to do to our own body is a reflection on God, this is how others know who we are not just by us saying that we are a Christian also by our actions and deeds. God’s knows that we are far from perfect and he is a forgiven God and His Spirit that lives in all of us, points out our mistakes and overtime we begin to draw closer to God. God delights in our desire to live steadfastly in his presence. As if we were a tree planted close to him. However, unlike a tree that cannot move we can choose to stay near to him or choose not to. Through God promise to is that never will I leave you, never will I forsake you. (Hebrews 13:5) At times with the problems that overwhelms you or me and you have forgotten these words start looking for ways to remind the promises God has given to all of his children thru his words. God’s Spirit who lives in us, will never leave you or me in the compromised condition. He helps us to remember who we are and more important who he is and that we are a child of the Most High King and that is Jesus Christ. We belong to Him! Returning to God is not a hard task, just simply affirm your trust in his unfailing love for you. As we reconnect with him, remember his love for you washes over all of his children, cleansing, refreshing and filling you and me. No matter how many times we may forget him, God’s love for us will never fail. Continue to grow closer to him, as well to understand that God’s Spirit dwells in us, so he is never far away from any of us.
Grace and Peace to You My Friends.