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Friday, February 16, 2018

Let's Talk about Lent

I grew up in the Southern Baptist faith and there was no liturgy or celebration of the seasons of the church except for Christmas and Easter.  ( This is my experience...but all Baptist churches are different.)  I think the reason for this is that our denomination wanted to get away from "high" church practices.

When I married Marvin I joined the Methodist church that he was comfortable with and I became aware of Ash Wednesday, Lent and Advent.  I loved celebrating the seasons of the church with other Christians around the world. Now I attend a Bible Church and again, not much liturgy is found there. I rather miss it.  So I have been doing my own thing in this area. For the last four years I have celebrated Lent with devotionals and giving up some things that I enjoy for the period of Lent.  I think we all have to admit that we have an easy Christian life here in America. It is good to stretch your faith every now and then. Lent helps me to do that.

This year I am doing daily Lenten devotions with Bishop Robert Barron. He is a Catholic priest who really gets in the Scripture and challenges me. In stead of giving up something this Lenten season, my goal is to do something nice each day for someone. It could be a note of encouragement, holding the door for a young mom carrying her baby or just lending a listening ear to a friend.  Most of all I want to take this time to really meditate on the great price my Savior paid for my soul.

This year Easter falls on April 1st. I am looking forward to celebrating the Resurrection on a beautiful spring morning. It keeps me going in these chilly end of winter days!!

9 comments:

Miss Dishywoo said...

I love this idea. I just might try something like this myself. My church does not do
much officially with Lent so last year I did a lenten devotional (found online) and that was meaningful to me.

Dianna said...

Arlene, I am like you in the fact that the Baptist church we are in celebrates only Christmas and Easter. I, however, having had what little religious training I had growing up, was in a Methodist church and they did celebrate Lent. I've come back to that by concentrating on Scriptures pertaining to the great price that was paid for my sin by Jesus. This year I am reading along with the Do Not Depart group. We are concentrating on Scriptures from Mark and John. May God richly bless you as you draw closer to Him, my friend.

Sandy said...

I too do my own thing. I like the fact that Lent is a period of time to reflect and prepare for the greatest day. I have my plans all made and working them through as well.

Preppy Empty Nester said...

Arlene... I do the Daily Devotions too. I started it about 3 years ago when a friend sent me a link. Have a wonderful weekend.

RJ said...

Arlene I love what you are doing for others for Lent. I think that is such a meaningful way to live through this season. I have given up sweets for Lent and not having a small piece of chocolate is very hard for me. As a child I was allergic to chocolate and have only been able to eat it recently so it is such a treat.

I grew up Catholic and went to Catholic school so Lent has always been a time for giving up for us but I'm going to follow your idea of doing things for others too. Yesterday I went to lunch with a friend that lost her husband to ALS and I could tell she was having such a nice time. I so enjoyed being with her too. So I think I started yesterday the right way without even thinking about it. Now I must do something today as I really like this idea. RJ

Terri D said...

I grew up going to the Methodist church, then converted to Catholicism. I am about ready to go back to the Methodist church. We are keeping Lent by abstaining from eating meat on Ash Wednesday and Fridays. We aren't required to fast because we are over 59. Prayers and devotions are key during this holy time.

Mary Hutchins said...

I love what you've decided to do for lent, that is so nice. I am Southern Baptist also, but over the years I've learned to enjoy some things that other denominations practice.

Mari said...

I grew up in the Christian Reformed church which didn't have much in the way of liturgy... I now am a member of an undenominational church and we do have some traditional things with some focus on Lent. I like your idea of doing it on your own. It's good to be reminded of the season and what it means to us.

Mary said...

Arlene, I don't give up anything for lent but try to do something special for someone each day. I think that is a much better way of celebrating lent.