Sunday Sabath: First Sunday of Lent

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“The Lord is compassionate and gracious,
    slow to anger, abounding in love.

He will not always accuse,

    nor will he harbor his anger forever;

he does not treat us as our sins deserve

    or repay us according to our iniquities.

For as high as the heavens are above the earth,

    so great is his love for those who fear him;

as far as the east is from the west,

    so far has he removed our transgressions from us.


As a father has compassion on his children,

    so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him;

for he knows how we are formed,

    he remembers that we are dust.

The life of mortals is like grass,

    they flourish like a flower of the field;

the wind blows over it and it is gone,

    and its place remembers it no more.

But from everlasting to everlasting

    the Lord’s love is with those who fear him,
    and his righteousness with their children’s children—

with those who keep his covenant

    and remember to obey his precepts.”

     Psalm 103: 8-18 (NIV)

“Umm, I didn’t ask you to give up coffee or chocolate. I asked you to surrender your life.” – God

A friend of mine shared this post with me the other day. Initially, I balked at the title. Then I realized that Eugene Cho was saying exactly what I was feeling…how I had been wrestling with the idea of fasting during Lent. I encourage you to read his words.
~Janet

Eugene Cho

We are now in the Lenten season and let me begin by sharing initially the conclusion of my post first in case you have an attention span of a 2-year-old:

Lent isn’t about you or about what you’re giving up.

But we’ll get to that soon.

For those that might not be familiar with Lent, it is the 40 day period (not including Sundays) between Ash Wednesday and Holy Saturday that has traditionally been a time of preparation for those who were preparing for baptism and later expanded to include the larger Christian community.  It marks a time of prayer, penance, repentance,  humility, self-denial, and soul searching as one draws closer to the Passion of Christ and ultimately, culminating in the celebration of the Resurrection. You can check out my sermon (above) to get a crash course on the history of Lent – and how it started (likely) as a 2-3…

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