Lent is upon us
I’m really excited about the Lenten season this year. One reason is that Lent means that Spring is on its way, and while I enjoy many things about winter, I’m ready for it to be over. I’ll bet you are, too. The season of Lent is upon us and warmer weather is close behind!
We get the word Lent from the old English word “lencten” which literally meant “lengthen” referring to the lengthening of daylight hours. Later the word came to be used for the season of Spring, and the church adopted the term for the forty day fast that precedes the celebration of Easter.
Traditionally Lent has been the time when people give up something as part of the symbolism of Jesus’ fast. However, the real purpose of the fast has always been to help people spiritually prepare for the celebration of Easter. This year as we celebrate Lent I would like to add an additional emphasis for our congregation. Along with our spiritual preparation for celebrating the resurrection of Christ, I am asking that we also use this time to seek God concerning the future of our congregation. As we prepare for the celebration of Easter let us also prepare our hearts for the new pastoral leader whom God will send to lead the church into this new decade. Until then, let us be faithful to God, to the church, and to each other.