I’ve never really paid much attention to Lent, to be honest…that is, until the last few years. I wasn’t raised (strictly speaking) “in the church,” and I was definitely not raised Catholic. (Nothing against Catholicism…just wasn’t my experience.)
The only time I was ever introduced to anything remotely to do with Lent was when I lived in Louisiana as a young girl. Mardi Gras, anyone? And every so often, I’d see a few individuals with ash crosses on their foreheads, and wonder what on Earth was going on (and what memo I had missed!).
But over the last few years, I’ve definitely been paying more attention. I have never practiced Lent myself, but I admire those who take the time out to contemplate self-denial, even if it is in a small way. This year, I decided to at least put myself into the mindset of anticipating Easter a bit earlier than usual. Last year I did a short meditation from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday, so perhaps that warmed me up a bit.
I heard today on the radio about a brief devotional for Lent that is available for free on Amazon today, and decided to pick it up. It is about the names of Jesus, and having read the first selection this evening, I can say it is worth grabbing it, even if you don’t use it for Lent. The book is written by Ray Prichard, a radio host for AFR and a pastor. It is called Lord of Glory, and is available free through today on Amazon (click here), but I believe it’s free also on his website past today. I may try to post my reflections about the book from time to time during Lent, and would love it if you join me.
I also read a thought-provoking post about giving up things for Lent the other day, and wanted to pass it along. (Click here to read it.)
Whether you observe Lent or not, I hope you’ll join me in being a bit more intentional than usual about contemplating Christ. I know I can always use a bit of improvement in that area, myself.