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Lent - Getting closer to God

This week, we find ourselves at the beginning of Lent, the season of reflection and prayer that prepares us for Holy Week (Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday). We join with many other followers of Christ around the world and across time who recognize how we might draw closer to the Lord, who fasted and resisted temptation while in the wilderness for 40 days.

During this season, in addition to daily prayer, some people offer to give up a habit that separates them from centering God in their life. I, for example, have gone on social media fasts before. Others add a habit that draws them closer to God (eg - exercise, devotionals, service, learning about/engaging in acts of justice, etc). 

Some followers of Christ "bury the alleluia" by not praying or singing songs of rejoice between now and Easter. Other followers celebrate this season on different dates than us. Is it really important to get the dates and traditions just right? In my opinion, only as much as it draws us closer to God.

This is a season of reflection and unity through the Holy Spirit, not a season of self-punishment. However, if your spiritual practices make you uncomfortable, I think that's a good thing. We were not promised a comfy life of faith. However, if you are at risk of serious harm, it may be time to make a change and reassess what you're doing.

May we support one another and offer our prayers to God, who sees and loves us, during this Lenten journey.


Pastor Marcus

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