Lent 2014 – A step toward Christ

We all know life is busy. In our fast paced culture, it is a mark of success to simply “be busy”. Being busy implies we must be getting something done. But what is being left out? Are we spending time with God in prayer or bible study? What opportunities migh we be missing to serve and share Christ with others the midst of our busy days?

Lent is a reminder to take off the blinders. To do some “soul-work” as we prepare for the biggest and brightest celebration at Easter. As in Advent, when we prepare our hearts as we anticipate the birth of Christ, it is in Lent when we prepare our hearts as we anticipate His suffering, death, and resurrection.

Many people give up something for lent: chocolate, coffee, or sweets are common. But a sacrifice for the sake of sacrifice is not the heart of the lenten journey. After all, David writes in Psalm 51:

“You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it;
you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart,
O God, you will not despise.”

Instead of (or in addition to) “giving up” something for lent, consider “giving in” to a broken spirit and leaning into God. By taking a simple but intentional step in faith, we might be surprised by how God uses it. It can be something as simple as a commitment to pray every day, read the bible every day, or turning off computers or TV on weeknights and spending time with friends and family. Take a step! Whatever it is for you, I know that God meets us along the journey as we seek to deepen our relationship with Him.

Growing in Christ together,

Adam Kurihara
Director of Music and Worship

Footnote: for the curious, Lent simply means “spring”, as the English word derives from a Germanic root meaning “length” or “lengthening” in reference to the lengthening of days as Spring approaches. We can’t wait! (And don’t forget about daylight savings time this Sunday!)

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