Lent

With spring in full gear and Easter just around the corner, I have been thinking a lot about Lent.  Lent is so often something that we do because it is expected at our churches, and so we give up something easy or small to get ourselves throught the season so we can go back to doing whatever we want. 

By observing the 40 days of Lent, we have the opportunity to imitate Jesus’ withdrawl into the wilderness for reflection before his death and resurrection, and really focus on what is important: We have a God who gave his only Son up in an horrifying death hanging from a cross, TO SAVE US FROM OURSELVES. Can you believe there is someone who knows your every thought, desire, mistake and decision  and still loves you unconditionally? Someone who loves you so much that they gave their child as a sacrifice to save your life?  It is easy to believe there is “a god” and then just chose to make our own way in the world; chosing to follow God will be the hardest decision you will have to make everyday, but absolutely the most important and the most rewarding. Please don’t mistake me in thinking that having faith in Christ is easy, it isn’t. It is a daily decision that I very often don’t chose to make.  And don’t mistake my assurance for arrogance, I do not believe that I know everything, but I do know that I have a God that knows all. My commitment this season of Lent is not simply to spend the next 40 days “giving up something,” but to really to make a permanent change in my life to reflect the image of a God that loves me. 

Numbers 37-41  God spoke to Moses: “Speak to the People of Israel. Tell them that from now on they are to make tassels on the corners of their garments and to mark each corner tassel with a blue thread. When you look at these tassels you’ll remember and keep all the commandments of God, and not get distracted by everything you feel or see that seduces you into infidelities. The tassels will signal remembrance and observance of all my commandments, to live a holy life to God. I am your God who rescued you from the land of Egypt to be your personal God. Yes, I am God, your God.”

Last Sunday at Church we were given blue cords to tie on our wrists to remember why we celebrate Lent, and to remind us of the commandments of God. Most importantly, though, I hope in wearing this I will be reminded everyday of the Sacrifice that was made for me, and the love that a sinner like me doesn’t deserve.

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