What is Lent?

Over the past few years, we have intentionally devoted more attention to the church calendar and especially to Lent.  Since that time, we have had several people ask, “What is lent?”  Here are some thoughts! Lent is the period of 40 days between Ash Wednesday and Easter where Christ followers invest themselves in prayer, repentance, fasting and other spiritual disciplines.  The thought is that just as Christ sacrificed his life for us, so we, through these disciplines, are encouraged to sacrifice ourselves during this time so that we may grow in grace.  And while Lent is neither mentioned nor commanded in the Bible, we believe it is a beneficial tool that, when approached by faith, can spur us on to greater worship and understanding.  And who knows, we may even learn to love our Lenten celebration.  After all, Advent is not mentioned in the Bible, but we all love our