Lent is a season of preparation. For centuries, Christians have set aside the 40 days between Ash Wednesday and Easter for self-reflection and repentance. In this way, we imitate the time that Jesus spent in the desert in prayer and fasting. Jesus was being prepared for a ministry of love and ultimate sacrifice. What might the Spirit be preparing you for?
During this season we choose to remember that we are dust and will eventually return to dust. The reality of the “Image of God” covered in dust causes us to grieve our sin and limitation. This re-orientation is the work of preparation. Remembering our fragileness allows us to fully embrace the gift of the cross and the glory of the resurrection. Do you notice any resistance to this thought?
Throughout this Lenten season we will consider the paradox of finding strength in our weakness. We don’t like to think about our weaknesses. We certainly don’t like to announce them to others! God invites us, though, to name our weaknesses in his loving presence and allow him to become our strength. Over the next 40 days we will find strength in our willingness to name our places of suffering, our sin, our exhaustion, and our grief. In the last few days, we will watch as Jesus walks towards the cross and learn from his example how to find strength even in the act of sacrifice.
Click here to access the 2021 Devotional Guide to the Season of Lent.