What Is Lent?
- Written by Jen Evans Jen Evans
What is Lent? Lent marks the 40 days leading up to Easter, mirroring the 40 days Jesus spent in the wilderness. It is a practice that began during the 4th century as a way that Christians can prepare for the holiest days of the year.
During Lent, we ask God to show us the world as it is. We begin with the reality of our finiteness rubbed on our foreheads on Ash Wednesday. "From dust we were made and to dust we shall return." Then we walk through the reality of the downward slope of God, as the whole church walks toward the cross.
Lent is one of my favorite parts of the church calendar, because it is a time when the whole church is on the losing team. It is a time when we all get a minute to tell the truth - life is so beautiful and life is so hard for everyone.
Of course, the cross isn't the end of the story, but this season of grief is carved out to acknowledge the reality of Christ's sacrifice and the reality of suffering that so many of our circumstances reflect too - our own pain, grief, and despair.
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