As we look at our calendar we see that Lent is near; Ash Wednesday and then six weeks of Lent. We ask what is the purpose of Lent? As we look back we can remember that fasting or giving something up for Lent was important. Today do we fast or give something up for Lent?
Another aspect of Lent was prayer, a time of meditation, a time to prepare us for the Resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Do we do that anymore? The third was giving. Giving of our finances and giving of ourselves, giving to help those that are less fortunate than we are. Why should we do all this? Because Jesus did! Jesus fasted for forty days, Jesus was constantly in prayer; remember Him praying in the Garden of Gethsemane, and what did the disciples do, they fell asleep. Giving, what more could Jesus do than giving His life for those less fortunate (sinners like us).
Martin Luther says this also is a time of teaching and learning, that we as parents should teach the Small Catechism to our children during the Lenten season. How many of these traditions do we follow today? Only you can answer that. Maybe we should truly look at ourselves and truly prepare ourselves for the coming of our Resurrected Lord.
Prayer: Father, thank you for sending Jesus, and Lord help us, help us to be in the proper frame of mind as we prepare for Lent and Easter, that each of can truly know and understand the meaning of Lent and truly understand that Jesus did die for each and every one of us. Amen.
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