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February 11, 2016
Lorna Dueck

Lent has begun. A time when a Christian, like myself, comes screeching to a halt and sits, at least for a few moments, and realizes I have something big to contemplate. Ancient mystics and rule makers created Lent because they believed some things were too important to leave to chance. Humanity would need a practice, a rhythm to remember the significance of Jesus’ death and resurrection, and thus, the prescribed habit of Lent was stamped into the Christian calendar. 

Since Jesus took 40 days in a wilderness to prepare for his journey of surrender, the thought is, so should I be willing to spend some time in surrender.  My friend Rev. Phil Reinders writes in Seeking God’s Face, Praying with the Bible through the Year, that Lent is “a chance to say no to ourselves in order to experience a greater yes in Jesus.”    

So the inner debate begins; which luxury will I deny myself in exchange for a spiritual perspective. Lent has this bizarre reputation of attracting us through sacrifice. I think Lent is easier than Ramadan fasting, which our Muslim friends follow, they scoff and tease at me when I try to explain my angst over Lenten surrender. Can the irritations of not having a sugar treat really make me more spiritual? How does fasting from a meal, or a technology, or any treat, become a spiritual exchange? Fasting, practicing self-denial, acts as a mental trigger, which amid the many choices in life, gives us a choice to think about Christ.   

Come into the journey of Lent, take time and effort to think about the words of Christ;  “I am the way, the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father, except through me.”  John 14:6   



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Lent is a wonderful season for me. When I use time when normally would be sitting at my computer, and I use it to pray or read the bible., it reminds me of how much time I waste that could be spent in quality time with my Lord. When I fast, I am reminded of the 2/3 of the world population who is "fasting" not by choice, every day, and it encourages me to be more generous towards those who have less. This particular Lenten season has afforded us many oportunites for genrosity as we sponsor Syrian refugees in our community. And the best part of Lent is Easter, when we once again sing our alleluias and praise God for HIs gift of salvation..
February 16, 2016 | jEAN


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