During Lent we're asking to be lovingly refined; we're making room for God to work out the splinters in our hearts. Lent is the 40 day season leading to Easter, based on Jesus’ 40 days of prayer and preparation in the wilderness. It's been said that Lent is a good time to put something down and to pick something up. Perhaps putting down our phones in order to read scripture, or missing a meal in order to pray. The choices are ours.
Of course when we think of putting something down in order to pick something up, we might also think of Jesus’ cross. “Take up your cross and follow me”, says Jesus. So Lent is also a time of recommitment. If we’ve somehow loosened our grip on the cross, let some distance grow between ourselves and Jesus, Lent is a time of devoting ourselves again to Christ.
As we head toward Easter - and that splintery cross comes increasingly into view - let's make some room for God to bring about healing and maturity.
*a digital copy of our Lent booklet can be downloaded at the bottom of the page.
Put something down and pick something up
Choose something to fast, like a kind of food or activity, in order to turn your attention to God. Use that time or energy to pray, read the Bible or otherwise connect with God.
Pray in Community
Add or adapt prayer in daily life with your people. Create space around meals, or as the day begins or ends to pray (even briefly) with those around you. Examples: prayer with your family, spouse, friends, co-workers or Life Group. Some ideas:
Read the Story
Read one of the Gospels during Lent, immersing yourself in Jesus' story. For example, Mark could be read over 16 days by a chapter a day, John over 21 days, Luke over 24, or Matthew over 28. Some ideas:
Don't forget to party
If you're fasting, consider breaking the fast on Sundays. For example, if you're not eating chocolate for Lent, enjoy some on a Sunday! This reminds us that even in a time of refining the gospel is good news and always leads us into celebration.
Choose an age group to download a guide that you can use with your children in the month of April.