Hello once again. I am sorry for such the long wait for a post (if anyone is still following this blog :P).
As you might have noticed, I have been doing a few remakes across the board upon this blog. New header, new background, new theme, and soon a new general setup! With all of these recreations, I have also decided to broaden the range of topics. One of those in which I will be talking about today is Lent.
If you ahve gotten this far in reading, congratz! You have taken the first step to the goal of this post, not being deterred by the title!!! :D
I can hear all those groans now! “Urgh, not THIS again!” Yeah yeah yeah. I know, but stick around, you might learn some things!
Lent is generally a Catholic season in which (in pop culture today) has become a time in which Catholics just “give up” something for a period of roughly 40 days. But I have learned some new information this year! Comparing what Lent is actually supposed to be, to Lent in the present, you can tell that we as a society HAVE fallen away from what we should be doing. The reason people should be giving things up isn’t because it is the time of Lent. Lent is a time for use to repent and grow closer to God.
To get the point across, we need to start with the beginning of Lent. The Lenten season starts with Ash Wednesday. On Ash Wednesday people of the big “C” Church (basically anyone under the Catholic denomination) go and are marked with an ashen cross on their foreheads. This is representing the fact that we were made from dust and to dust we shall return (“Dust to Dust”). The time in between Easter, in which we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the forgiveness of our sins, is the time of Lent. Lent, therefore, is a time in which the Church is supposed to be in solemn reflection of the “Dust to Dust” fact, and reflect upon our life.
Where we get the point of fasting during Lent is around the passage “16 “And when you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. 17 But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, 18 that your fasting may not be seen by others but by your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” in Mathew 6 16-18. The Bible says for us to fast in glory of the Lord. This fasting could be; fasting in between meal, fasting a creation action or luxury, or even fasting time in our life. We are then supposed to REPLACE the time we would normally use to this action or eat this thing, and grow closer to the Lord with Bible study or prayer or the like.
Unfortunately, not many people are aware of these things, and instead take Lent for granted. I hear so many people picking little things like Soda or Chips. What you are fasting for Lent is supposed to be a CHALLENGE! It is a time for us to reflect and through the challenge of Lent, glorify God!
I hope this hasn’t deterred anyone from ready this blog. I thought that might be a cool thing to share with everyone. The reason behind the Lenten Season!
If you are still looking for some cool ideas to do for Lent, check over here:
They have some really neat ideas!
If you are interested in knowing, I have given up all sweets for the period of Lent, started a Lenten devotional, and have started a process that I am calling Lenten Letters. Lenten Letters (number 18 on that url up there) is when you have a list of roughly 40 people who have impacted your life. You write a letter to all of them entailing what you are doing, why they have impacted your life/ thanks for the fact that they have.
Hope you have a great season. Keep an eye here for more posts, as I will do my best to keep an update going!
I see everyone around!
The Country Gamer