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Enriching Your Lenten Journey

When we think of Lent we often think about it being the time of year when we give up something like chocolate or coffee. But it is so much more than that.

Lent is the time of year when we associate ourselves with the sufferings of Christ, which is the only way we can truly relate to Jesus. He is God, we are not. His ways are not our ways and his thoughts are not our thoughts. Jesus came down and sacrificed his life for us. He suffered on the cross for us. For you. For me. In this life, we too suffer. None of us will escape this world without suffering to some degree.

The Lenten season gives us the opportunity to engage in some way in the sufferings of Christ. And the best way to go about that is not necessarily giving something up. Sure, we are all called to the three pillars of Lent - fasting, prayer, and almsgiving. Yes, we are called to fasting. To giving up; to denying ourselves. Fasting can also include giving up things other than food.

But, the best way to engage in some way in the sufferings of Christ is to add something to your Lenten practices. Add one or more spiritual activities to your Lenten journey.

Some practical suggestions:
Most of all challenge yourself. Our Lenten practice ought to encompass true integration to the sufferings of Christ. Lent is about growing closer to our Lord. Pray and choose Lenten practices that will enrich your relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ.

Peace in Christ,
© Melissa Knoblett-Aman




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