“And the Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. 13 He was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels waited on him.” Mark 1:12 NRSV
What is Lent? The word Lent comes from an Old Germanic word for Spring. Lent is much more than that. It is the forty days (not including Sundays) leading up to Easter and Lent recalls the forty days that Jesus spent in the desert fasting and preparing for his ministry.
Some people say Lent is sad. But it really is penitential and a great opportunity for us to grow in our faith. The word “discipline” is associated with Lent. This word shares the common origin with “disciple.” Discipline makes for great discipleship.
Far from sad, Lent is joyful in a deeper and more meaningful way. Lent allows us to grow in our faith. If you give up chocolate, for instance, every time you crave a chocolate bar you have to stop, pause, and reflect upon the reason why you gave it up. And if you really like chocolate, that is a lot of reflection time.
If you decide to add something healthy to your life, like jogging or reading, you can only benefit from this activity.
I invite you to join us in our Lenten journey and cease this moment as an opportunity for growth.
Pastor Jeffery Gross, M.Div.