Anyone Can Participate In the Lessons of Lent. Here's How.
We might hear the word "lent" mentioned on television or the radio. Maybe we've seen it talked about on Facebook. Some of us have heard about it when participating in February church services, offering specially tailored messages focused on the suffering and death of Jesus.
Though we've probably all heard of it, even those of us raised in the church may not be exactly sure what it's all about. Let’s take a few minutes to explore its meaning and purpose, and how we can participate (even if we don't consider ourselves religious).
What Is Lent and How Long Does It Last?
The literal meaning of lent is “to lengthen the days.” We lengthen, and give deeper meaning to, our short days of life by reflecting on and reorienting to the important relationships in our lives.
The Four Relationships of Lent
Lent, for people who celebrate it, has become a yearly time to stop, smell the roses, and fix some of the broken pieces in each of these relationships.
What Do People Do During Lent?
Giving something up
Prayer and reflection
In summary, during Lent people fast, give and pray to grow in their relationships with God and others.
What Is Ash Wednesday And What Does It Have to Do With Lent?
Ash Wednesday, and the Lent season it starts, is designed to help us realize that the world doesn’t function well when everyone is trying to climb the corporate ladder, or consider ourselves better than everyone else.
Lent reminds many that:
--We must go lower in order to go higher
Lent – A Time to Go Lower; Easter – A Time to Rise Higher
Whether you celebrate Lent or not, what could you do this year to help you think more clearly about the four relationships mentioned above?
You may be glad, like millions around the world, that the season of Lent gives you an opportunity each year to get some things straightened out in your relationships.
About the Writer
Dan Wilt is a freelance writer based in Franklin, Tenn. He celebrates Lent every year because it’s good for the soul.
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