Today is Mardi Gras—“Fat Tuesday.” Tomorrow is Ash Wednesday. Lent is upon us—again.
Many of us have shared the season of Lent in recent years. I hope you’ll do so again this year. Without doubt, it has become my most meaningful season of prayer each year.
Lent (literally “Spring”—as in the season) provides a prayerful rhythm for our lives. It comes annually and it last 6½ weeks. It invites us to fast from something that is a) significant to us, and b) a regular part of our lives.
Our fast is a trigger for prayer. Every time we think of (or desire) what we’re fasting from, we pray instead. Not necessarily lengthy prayers, but breath prayers. In short order we find ourselves praying more often throughout the day and living with a heightened sense of God’s Presence.
The next 47 days includes 40 days of fasting (from an item of your choice) and 7 Sundays when we break our fast each week in honor of the resurrected Christ among us. The season culminates with Easter Sunday!
What will you fast from? It may be a particular food, social media, favorite beverage, television, or any number of possibilities. Dairy? Meat? Bread? French Fries? Sugar? Candy? Desserts? Coffee? Diet Coke? Facebook? Or your car radio?
This Lent, I’m planning to spend “40 Days in the Psalms” and would like to blog something daily from that part of God’s Word. I look forward to sharing the journey again with you, and would love to hear your stories.
As we create space for God, and de-clutter our lives of just one regular item so that we might look to Him more often, things happen.
It begins tomorrow.