I must admit that when I was first asked to write this, I had no clue. What exactly is Lent and why do we observe it? Oh, don’t get me wrong. I’ve been to a number of Ash Wednesday services and church during Lent but never knew why I was doing some of the things I was doing.
A pastor friend of mine told me the word Lent comes from an agricultural word meaning to prepare the soil for planting.
So, why spend 40 days preparing myself for Easter? And once I figure out why then I need to decide how.
First I reminded myself why I needed Easter. I am a sinner. I won’t go into details about my sins but trust that God and I have discussed them. Jesus came to save me (and you) from punishment for our sins.
Second I reminded myself why Jesus endured the pain, humiliation and death for us. God created us, loves us, and desires a relationship with us. God also wants us to spend eternity with Him in Heaven. The only way we can get to Heaven is through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. Jesus paid the price of sacrifice for us.
God wants a relationship with us. He is our Father. What child doesn’t want to spend quality time with their parent? Some children cry when they are separated from their parent for even an hour. I see no better way to prepare for Easter than to spend quality time with my Father, God. Reading His word, learning about Jesus and how to be more like Him. Praying and asking God, my Father what He wants me to do and how He wants me to do it. Thanking God, my Father, for Jesus, my Savior.
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