Lent begins with Ash Wednesday, which this year (2011) is on the 9 March. Lent lasts for 40 days (not counting Sundays) until Resurrecton Sunday and is a time of spiritual focus: contemplation, confession, repentance and forgiveness, simplicity. Many Christians ‘give up’ something during Lent and use this to remind themselves of their dependence on God for all things, or offer the money and time which would otherwise be spent doing something more specifically for God and others. While it is a more serious time of the Christian Year, Easter Day is always in the back of our minds – Resurrection! Re-creation! Transformation and Life Abundant!
It is good to use Lent to grow spirituallly in whatever way is helpful to you and there are many resources that may help you on your Pilgrimage. At PMC we are beginning Lent by celebrating our 75th Anniversary in these buildings but we will be observing all the traditional Lenten and Easter Services, so watch the pew leaflets, Facebook page and website calendar for details and get involved! Take part in some sort of service, either by giving to the feeding schemes at the church or in another way at home or work/school. Use the Prayer Diary prepared by James each week to have daily or weekly devotion times where you spend quality time with God. Write down the things that strike you in a Journal and you will have a record of your experiences over time.
While you may not be able to fast from meals or certain foods, you can fast from certain attitudes: Fast from hatred and distrust and feast on love; fast from ill-temper and feast on peace; fast from negativity and feast on optimism, for example.
May this Lent be a time of reflection and learning!
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