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Lent will be observed from
February 22 to April 8 this year.
"...For you are dust,
and to dust you shall return."
Ash Wednesday Meditation
Wednesday, 2/22 @6:30pm
Lent is a 40 day season of the Christian Year that is a time of preparation for Easter. It is typically observed as a time of simple living, prayer and fasting. In 2023, Lent begins on Ash Wednesday [February 22, 2023]. Sundays are not counted as part of the 40 days of Lent, as they become invitations to refrain from fasting in celebration of "little Easters".
Many spend the time in self-examination and reflection as modeled by Jesus in Matthew 4: 1-11 where he prayed and fasted for 40 days before beginning his ministry. What happened during those 40 days of fasting and praying in the wilderness? Some say that maybe Jesus needed some time with God to sort through the major changes happening in his life. Maybe he needed a break from family, friends and his regular routine in order to see God [and himself] more clearly. Maybe he sought more time with God as he searched for direction and answers to the question that we, too have from time to time: “Who am I called to be?”
We, too are invited into this time of introspection.
Any Lent devotional is simply an invitation to reflect on God's presence and movement in our personal lives through the season.
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