lent and love

Yesterday, I posted a meme on my Facebook page reminding all my Liturgical calendar Christian friends that Lent begins in a week because, wow, it feels like it arrived quickly this year.

While it may not seem like talking about Lent is in keeping with this week’s theme of love posts, it really is.

Though it is a season of repentance, the larger purpose of Lent is to draw us closer to God and to help us grow in love for Him. It’s one of the most beautiful seasons of the church calendar, leading up to our holiest day, Easter.

The Catholic Church calls for more detailed sacrifices than do Protestant churches – but I love the 3 Pillars of Lent: prayer, fasting, and almsgiving so.

All this said, no matter your denomination, if you haven’t observed Lent before, maybe this is the year you think about it? It has been a long long road this past year for many of us with all that has been happening in our world – and 40 days with the Lord walking towards Easter is always amazing. ❤

Contrary to the usual associations of giving up chocolate or sweets – though that is totally okay – there are many ways to observe Lent.

A person can:

  • Add daily prayers and/or scripture reading
  • Add a daily act of kindness
  • Fast social media
  • Go veggie
  • Only buy essential items
  • Give up buying coffees and donate the money
  • Fast one meal per day
  • Fast eating out and cook every meal at home
  • Donate three things every day
  • Start gratitude journaling

There are so many ideas to fast things or add prayers or devotions.

I found this and wanted to share as well. It will be my daily Lenten prayer this year. So beautiful. ❤

Be well, everybody. Take care of yourselves and each other.

Grace and Blessings.

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