Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Lent.

No, I'm not Catholic.

Yes, I observe Lent.

Lent is the season between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday. During this time we should be intentional on preparing ourselves for the Resurrection Sunday. Think of Lent as the day after Thanksgiving until Christmas Morning. It's the time where you decorate, prepare yourself, your homes and your families to worship on Christmas, or in view of Lent it's the preparation leading to Easter.

The time leading up to Easter we ought to focus on our sin and our need for a Savior. We're called to step back and examine our lives, are we fighting to Treasure Jesus above all else or are we coasting through life never ceasing moments to Cultivate the Gospel in our daily tasks?
For those wondering, the time of the Lenten Season has already started. If this is the first you've heard about it, don't worry, you have plenty of time to jump in and began to really focus on the Atonement that was purchased on Good Friday. An Atonement that has brought the Redeemed to have a blameless, righteous and perfect standing before God. The following is a quote from Noel Piper's book Treasuring God in our Traditions.


Do you observe Lent as a Protestant and what ways do you use this time as preparing yourself and your family for Easter?



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6 comments:

  1. I am also not Catholic and I observe Lent as well. I really like the way you explained why we do this, so thank you! Found you in a linky, so glad I did!

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  2. I don't observe Lent, but I've always thought it was an interesting practice. BTW, I really like the title and theme of your blog! :)

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  3. I'm Protestant and observe Lent as well by giving up something for the lenten season. I gave up sweets and sugar and anyone who knows me knows that I'm a sugar and dessert addict so this is incredibly difficult for me! If Jesus gave His life for me, the least I can do is give up my daily sweets. My daily sacrifice helps me remember His sacrifice for me on the cross. I really have a hard time with it every day, especially when my husband has something sweet after dinner but I find strength in God and that's what it's all about!

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  4. We're Reformed Christians and yes, each year we do something for Lent. This year we are working on selflessness, because Christ was the ultimate in selfless. Every time one of the children do something selfless and is 'caught' by another, a bean goes into that child's jar. Very simple, but allows daily cultivation and leaves us with a new habit by Resurrection Sunday.

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  5. My son and I are Episcopalians. His father does not belong to an organized religion but does observe Lent because he has come to realize that the 40-day free trial is a great way to try out a habit that sounds too difficult--you think, "I only have to do it until Easter!" and then by the time you get to Easter, you often find that you are able to continue the habit at least partially; if not, at least you did some good for 6 weeks.

    This year I gave up believing that I never have enough time to get everything done. "Remember, beloved, that one day in the Lord is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like one day."--2 Peter 3:8

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  6. Nope don't observe. And Catholics are not the only religion who celebrate Lent.

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