Preparation for Lent This Year

Our Castle Meal in Ireland last year was not much fasting !!

Our Castle Meal in Ireland last year was not much fasting !!

“Lent is a season of forty days, not counting Sundays, which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday. Lent comes from the Anglo Saxon word lencten, which means "spring." The forty days represents the time Jesus spent in the wilderness, enduring the temptation of Satan and preparing to begin his ministry. Lent is a time of repentance, fasting and preparation for the coming of Easter. It is a time of self-examination and reflection. In the early church, Lent was a time to prepare new converts for baptism. Today, Christians focus on their relationship with God, often choosing to give up something or to volunteer and give of themselves for others.” http://www.umc.org/what-we-believe/what-is-lent-and-why-does-it-last-forty-days

March will come in like a lion and go out like a lamb—or not.  But this we know, as always, March will be busy – for all of us – personally and as a church.  On March 5th we will once again have our FREE Fat Tuesday Pancake Supper, with donations going to the Medina County Food Pantry.  March 6th is Ash Wednesday, with services at noon and 6:30pm.  This year we are also going to be out by Hwy 90 offering drive-thru ashes for those that want to participate.  Next comes Daylight Savings Time, where we are all sleepy for a few days when the alarm goes off, and then the kiddos have Spring Break.  

The above paragraph makes me tired just writing about it.  And we haven’t even mentioned about our jobs, home, required appointments like doctors, dentist, license plates renewal, etc., etc.  So WHEN do we have time – really have time – to prepare for Easter?  And order the ham, and make plans to reserve the park bench Easter weekend—get there early ya know?!

This Lent I ask you to take a minimum of 3-8 minutes every day to be in meditation and prayer about how YOU can be a better disciple of Jesus Christ in this crazy, busy world of ours.  

We just sang Psalm 46:10 on purpose.  HE is still there, loves you and wants to have a daily relationship with ALL of his children—you included!  Make a commitment to take the time—3-8 minutes in the big scheme of daily life is NOTHING, but your rewards could be exponential.  Peace I wish for you and yours this Lenten season.  

Psalm 46:10   He says, “Be still, and know that I am God...”    NIV

 

 

Everett McCarley