Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Lent Begins Next Week

Having not grown up observing Lent, for most years the time has passed me right by. Last year I think I started thinking about it half way into the season and was bummed to not have incorporated it into my journey at the start.

This year I want things to be different. I'm not sure exactly what God is calling me to, but I am open and listening. I ran across some information that was helpful on Coffee Klatch.

Also, if you're looking for some kind of guide through Lent, you may want to check out "A Journey Into Wholeness," by Christine Sine. The easiest way to view the slide show is to click on slideshare icon and then click on full.


Seeking More said...

It's so funny to me because I grew up Catholic...going to church 2 tims a week (at least) and going to catholic school until I left high school, and that whole time, every year, I gave something up for Lent. I did it because that is what we did. That was one of the rules. I remember getting in trouble for eating meat on a Friday during Lent. As an adult, I closed myself off to "religion". I prayed a lot and still felt very connected to God, but I wanted no part of "church". When John invited me to New Hope one Christmas, I was not going to get attached. Well, I guess I was mistaken. It didn't take long for me to start calling New Hope my home. As for Lent and other traditions (even communion at one time)I stopped doing them more as a protest to my bad experiences with Catholicism than that I didn't believe in them. Actually, I never really even understood or connected with the reasons that we did those things. I started taking communion a few years ago and I feel so connected. It is such an amazing personal experience. I am very excited to re~join the Lent fasting. I understand it now and cannot wait to feel the connection with God during this time. I know it will be hard, but it is nothing compared to what Christ went through. It will be a honor to worship Him in this way this Lent season.

Now, I just need to decide what to fast.......LOL....I have so many options..... Will people share their ideas on what they are going to give up?

vic said...

Seeking More,
Thanks for sharing. So far I don't know what I'm giving up, but I did wake up this morning with the words "Pure and Simple" on my mind. I am excited to see where God leads.