Alright…I am back already.
It’s Ash Wednesday which marks the beginning of Lent.
Do you observe Lent?
I will have to say that I have been a bit hit and miss.
It seems like it tends to catch me by surprise.
I have always associated it with giving up something.
Today was late opening for school and when I went down the hall towards Caleb’s
classroom, I saw his principal coming towards me and he is quite the Energizer Bunny
type, so you just can’t miss him, but I happened to glance up at his face in full smile and saw the telltale
smudge of ash.
I must say it caught me by surprise because of our public school surroundings.
But it made me smile as well.
Whatever you think of regarding the observation of Lent, it seems like the main purpose
is to draw closer to the Lord.
A time to focus on the journey of Christ to the Cross, the price He paid and the victory He won for all of us.
The Lenten season seems to be a time where we can be more intentional in setting aside more of our time
to just sit and be with our Savior.
Perhaps it will mean giving something up but that is between you and the Lord.
We will be using our Advent Wreath that expands to become an Easter Wreath marking these 40 days.
I will be taking time to read the Lent reflections from this Bible
and reading from this book.
I ordered Bread and Wine too late last year and really didn’t get into a good rhythm so I am looking forward to doing so this year.
As it so happened, I ordered two and I would love to give one away.
Since times a wasting, this will be a really quick time period
to allow me to get it in the mail Thursday with the hope of delivery by Saturday.
Leave me a comment…it’s as simple as that!
If you are so inclined but completely optional, tell me if you observe the Lenten season.
There are no wrong answers…tee hee.
I will pick a winner at 11pm PST today! So don’t tarry!
May you take time this season to reflect deeply and fully on our Savior.
A thought from the introduction of Bread and Wine:
First popularized in the fourth century, Lent is traditionally associated with penitence,
fasting, alms-giving, and prayer. It is a time for “giving things up” balanced by “giving
to” those in need. Yet whatever else it may be, Lent should never be morose–an annual ordeal
during which we begrudgingly forgo a handful of pleasures. Instead, we ought to approach
Lent as an opportunity, not a requirement. After all, it is meant to be the church’s
springtime, a time when, out of the darkness of sin’s winter, a repentant, empowered people
emerges. No wonder one liturgy refers to it as a “joyful season.”
For those of you that have asked. I purchased this Advent/Easter Wreath from Ann Voskamp. Actually
her sweet son Caleb (quite fond of that name) made it. He took a lot of orders last summer to fill Christmas
orders and I know he was making more for the Easter season as well.
You will recall that Ann Voskamp is the wonderful blog writer at A Holy Experience…truly a beautiful blog
and she is the author of the new book A Thousand Gifts.
This is the link to find more information and to place an order:
Read her blog here. She has a wonderful post on Lent and some other resources!