2018-02-13 / Columns


By William Wright

Lent is that time of the year between Ash Wednesday and Easter. Approximately 46 days. We start with Ash Wednesday by getting ashes on our foreheads as a reminder of our humanness. It culminates on Easter Sunday as we celebrate the most important holiday of the Christian calendar.

It is said that we are Easter people for by the death of Christ on the cross and his resurrection we are given the hope of eternal life. His life he died for us and our salvation is freely given to any who accept it. His resurrection is the conquering of death for all of us. This gives hope to all of mankind to live eternally with Jesus Christ our Saviour.

Lent is traditionally a time of repentance, fasting and prayer as we look inward and examine our lives, including our attitudes and actions. We reflect on what Jesus has done for us by his life, death and resurrection.

Christians have traditionally given up something for lent such as meat, chocolate, candy and other things. I remember once I gave up coffee for lent and another time sweets. It was mildly effective as I did spend time in reflection and penance as I thought of these things.

However, I personally think that it is not enough. We should be able to discipline ourselves just a bit more. What some people try differently is to add not detract. They tried to add something to their life during this time that would bring them ever closer to God.

For instance, maybe start a devotion time every day to study his word for 40 days. This could end up being a habit. Read some books about Jesus and the Christian life. Learn more about your faith and you will grow closer to God. Go to church more often and draw nigh unto him even more when Holy Week comes.

Or maybe you’re a person of action. If so find something to do in your community to help others as Jesus would do. Go and help at some of the free church dinners that we have in Walton. Volunteer for the food pantry or some other worthwhile cause. Maybe just do a random act of kindness for your neighbor as you think about the things your Savior has given you.

You can still do the normal things you do for Lent. You can find something you really like and give it up. You can still pray as much as you can, and I recommend that. The bible says, “the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”

Adding something for the sake of Christ will do a whole lot to draw your relationship with Christ and volunteering will be a great help to your community. Also, I believe it will give you joy and comfort.

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