Lent & Holy Week: A Time to Remember. A Time to Prepare.
We’re almost two weeks into the Lenten season. Until several years ago, I never really understood what that meant. Honestly, I’m still learning.
Growing up with one set of influences, I knew there was Ash Wednesday, which I never understood, followed by Lent. Lent simply meant I was supposed to give up something that was important to me for a period of time until Easter. Of course, all I knew of Easter as a child was the Easter Bunny, chocolate, and an egg hunt. My heart soared as I came to an understanding of Christ and the significance of Easter and Christmas. As I grew older, more Christians were talking about Advent and Lent as part of the overall worship experience with Christ; a season of preparation and remembrance. Now, these are concepts I can wrap my mind around.
Now, I’m no Biblical scholar, nor am I legalistic in how I try to live out my faith. However, I do enjoy the structure of the seasons – be that the seasons of weather or the seasons of worship. So, what can we do with this season of Lent? After all, it’s already started, right, doesn’t that put us behind? Absolutely not! There’s no such thing. Since Jesus meets us where we are, wherever we are is right where we need to be, and right on time. (Hee hee. I totally just channeled my inner J.R.R. Tolkien; just not sure if that was reminiscent of Bilbo or Gandalf. Hmm. But I digress.) I’m reading through the book of Joshua right now and will follow it up with the book of Mark with the shereadstruth Lent 2021 study. You are welcome to jump in and read along, too. I’ve included the link below. Whatever you choose to do, the goal is alignment of your heart with God, remembering Jesus’s life as we near the ultimate sacrifice and gift of salvation in his death and resurrection (Easter, but that’s next month).
Palm Sunday will be the last Sunday in March. This marks the beginning of Holy Week. Jesus made his triumphal entry into Jerusalem, and amidst the subplot of all the scheming toward his demise, he spent his time teaching and praying. He was preparing his followers for his departure, and he was preparing himself for the ultimate task ahead of him. He was available to his disciples and the people, and drawing nearer to God. I can think of no better an example.
I like to spend time pouring over the gospels – reading, pondering, and praying over Jesus’s last week. His words. His actions. I long for warm spring days and a garden in which to wander, but I’m not sure that will be a thing this year. Regardless, I’d like to encourage you to do the same.
As the calender flips to March, embrace the season of preparation and remembrance ahead of you. Dive into the gospels. Dive into Jesus. There’s no magic formula or plan, just aligning your heart to Him, aware of who He is and what He has given us. Salvation had a price; a very big price. We are wise to reflect, remember, and humble our hearts in awe.
Whether the sun is shining or hidden behind clouds, take time to turn your face toward heaven and remember. Give thanks. Bask in His glory. Bask in Him. Easter is coming.
Sharon D. Tweet
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