Wednesday, March 2nd, 2022
Hello my friends —
It has been over a month since my last post, I have missed this community and writing. I am typically more prepared when approaching the spiritual journey of the Lenten Season. Honestly, I have struggled with getting ready for Lent and, perhaps more accurately a wrestling within myself. I recently began working with a group of women planning some church activities relating to Lent and it has had an exhilarating effect on me. I have known for several weeks the study guide I would use for my personal Lenten journey and utilize while blogging. I have chosen a book written by, Asheritah Ciuciu called, “Uncovering the Love of Jesus.”
Much like the author, I did not really come to know or understand Lent until I was an adult. I have tried the “giving up” of something meaningful during this season in hopes of some revelation at the end of Lent only to be disappointed. I have found more success in “adding” things to my life during Lent to experience Jesus in new ways. Things like intentional devotion times, intentional kindness and a blessing journal. We each travel through this season differently because we are different, each uniquely created by God with a purpose and a plan. This is a season for deepening our personal relationship with God and then to share it with the world. As I ponder this season, my heart is heavy…our world is hurting, many hurting individually and collectively. The past two years have been difficult at best with the pandemic and now there is a war raging; inflation is crippling, and people, myself included are tired of the madness. It’s enough to make ones head spin. And yet, God calls you and I to love others, to love whether or not we agree or disagree with them. Lent should not be considered an obligation; No, it is an invitation to draw closer to Jesus with intentional thoughts and actions.
How Do/How Can I Love Everyone?
“I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.’” —John 13:34-35 (NRSVA)
“Notice that the definitive marker of a person who belongs to Jesus is not Bible knowledge, it’s not evangelistic zeal and it’s not passion for social justice. It’s love. In fact Paul reminds the Corinthian church that even the most sacrificial acts are pointless without love. (1 Corinthians 13:1-3).” -Quote Page 15, Uncovering the Love of Jesus by Asheritah Ciuciu
I hope you will consider following me through this season of Lent, my hope is that together we will uncover the Love of Jesus in new ways. I encourage you to see Lent as an opportunity to be kind to yourself, to be open and even vulnerable, allowing grace to freely flow from Christ to you and for your soul to feast upon God’s word for growth and understanding. Together we can love one another and shine the love of Jesus to world.
“Lent is a season of somberness, a time in which we can come face-to-face with our frailty as humans, our sinfulness apart from Christ, and our mortality in this body of death. We grieve the brokenness in this world, and we cry out against the injustices we see around us. We mourn and lament sickness and death and cry out for forgiveness and deliverance from the sins that plague our own souls. Quite frankly, Lent is not a fun season. It’s heavy. But it’s beautiful too, precisely in it’s permission to recognize that the Christian life is not all smiles and sunshine. In this world, we will have troubles, Jesus promises, and the season of Lent permits us to be honest about those troubles, even as we press on towards Easter Sunday with the hope that Jesus has overcome the world. “Quote Page 13, Uncovering the Love of Jesus by Asheritah Ciuciu
A period of preparation and fasting likely has been observed before the Easter festival since apostolic times, though the practice was not formalized until the First Council of Nicaea in 325 CE. *Britannica.com
~Charlotte, Seeker of unexpected Comfort, Happiness, Joy and Patience.