the 40 days leading up to Easter. Symbolic of Jesus’ 40 days in the desert, fasting them tempted by the devil.
In the Church, it is a time of preparation. Sobriety as we consider the life then death of Jesus. As such, it is often marked by special observances like fasting, additional prayer, and giving. Sacrifice from the gracious heart.
Our community spent some time last week considering and praying about how WE might focus ourselves in this season. Some words/ideas that God gave us:
- busyness. examining. why do we do what we do? doing the right things. simplicity of time. making room. creating space for…
- daily “stop” together
- i don’t want your empty sacrifices. listening and responding to God.
- giving. spring cleaning. our whole selves. sacrifice. examination
- fight for one another’s hearts. care for one another’s hearts.
This week we will decide on specific steps.
For myself, I am hoping to clear my life of a bit of the clutter that takes up space that could be given to God. So, I will not do any email in the evenings (I normally do personal email after the kids go to bed). Rather, I’d like to have more time for prayer, reading, and conversation with Melissa – all places God tends to speak to me. Not surprisingly, I find myself wondering how I will get to all my emails. And this makes me a bit anxious, which pretty much leads me to believe that this is exactly the thing I should be doing. It’s not just “giving up” because of some sense of guilt obligation. Rather, it’s an opportunity to let God shape me like I desire to be shaped.
May this season be full of Jesus for me and you.