Tuesday, March 4, 2014

The Importance and Meaning of Lent

Lent is the time on the church calendar that marks the beginning of Ash Wednesday and ends with Easter Sunday. Ash Wednesday is particularly important because is it remembers and celebrates the beginning of Jesus's fasting of 40 days and his temptation in the desert. Easter Sunday celebrates and commemorates His resurrection from the grave.

Lent is observed many ways such as attending Ash Wednesday--the first day of Lent--by attending special worship services that focus on a person's need for repentance, by giving up something for Lent such as not eating chocolate or fasting during certain days of Lent or by adding a special activity to their daily Lent observances such as reading from the Bible every day or doing some volunteer work in their community.

However, no matter what you do to observe Lent and prepare for Easter, do it with a kind and open heart and keep in mind what a miraculous event Easter is and what it means to you and me. Keep in mind, that you and I and every one on this earth would be lost; if not for Jesus. His death and resurrection saves our very soul; so that when we acknowledge Him as Lord and Savior, we will be with Him in Heaven for all eternity. His death paid for our sins and for the sins of all mankind.

So, give glory and honor and respect for Lent and especially for Easter! Most importantly, attend a Lenten service and attend an Easter service! You will be blest in ways that are hard to describe.

God Bless,

Toni Star

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