My lovely friend Caroline, who constantly points me to Jesus, wonderfully describes my attitude about Lent. She’s taking on prayer, I’m taking on reading (& giving up a few dumb things).
I do wish protestants treated Easter as ‘special’ as we treat Christmas. Without Easter, there is no Christmas.
Sometimes I don’t think about Lent until the day before but fortunately this year I was not taken off guard. I have been reminded of Lent through friends and articles and even my own body really wanting warmer weather and the good change of spring making everything green and alive.
Lent is not Roman Catholic. Lent is Christian. It’s not our role to criticize what a tradition has become but rather to exemplify what it ought to be. Lent is important. We are reminded of Christmas coming for weeks on end so when it finally arrives and you get to that candlelight service, your heart is ready to contemplate the divinity becoming a small baby. Messiah performances focus us on the great tradition of inviting Jesus to join the winter festival. Easter gets forgotten. I see Peeps marshmallows in the store but as much as I love Peeps, they…
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