A Journey Through Lent
That I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead. –Philippians 3:10-11
As we move on from the amazing New England Patriots Super Bowl victory, we so easily get caught up in the doldrums of winter. And even as they may have afforded some of us snow days, we already are beginning to look forward to the spring. The season of spring can be long or cut short by an extended winter. Either way it is often commemorated on the church calendar by the lenten season.
Lent is simply derived from the Old English word “lengten,” meaning “spring,” the season in which the days begin to get longer and new life begins to bloom, even as the cold pall of winter lingers. At Life, we’d like to remember this season together as we anticipate the date around which all of Christianity hinges: Easter. The time leading up to that is Lent and that is a season that we can, together as family, look forward to celebrating, for the death and resurrection of Jesus is the good news! The lenten season, then, gives us an opportunity to not only be reminded of why Jesus came, but to remember what He endured. This in turn reminds us of the sacrifice He made on our behalf.
This year we will be using a resource entitled “A Journey Through Lent: Reflecting on Christ’s Sacrifice for Us,” which is from Tim Keller and Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City. It may be used for your personal devotions, in your DNA group, or to go along with your missional community during this time. If you’d like to purchase this 40-day devotional for three dollars to walk through with others at Life during lent, just click here, fill out the form, and complete your purchase by next Wednesday, February 22nd, and we will order them and get them to you by Wednesday, March 1st, the beginning of Lent.