Lent. Ashes. Making Room for God.

Lent began yesterday with Ash Wednesday. With the Imposition of Ashes, Christians remember our mortality. We are told, “From dust you come. To dust you shall return.” And, with those words, we begin six weeks of reflecting on the the ways in which we live in between.

The word “Lent” comes from the Anglo-Saxon “lencten,” which means “spring.” Specifically, Lent is the six week period that precedes Easter. During this time, potential converts to the faith are asked to examine their hearts and to determine whether they really desire to die with Christ and be raised with him. It is a time for those who already walk in The Way, the examine our hearts, determine the ways in which we have strayed, and take steps to come back home.

Some people find Ash Wednesday “depressing.” But, it isn’t intended to be depressing. It is intended to invite us back to intentional life with Christ. It reminds us in a very stark way that we have limited days with life’s breath in us. How we live those days rests with us.

Queen Anne UMC encourages you to take Lent seriously. The traditional spiritual disciplines of the season include alms giving (giving to charity), fasting (giving something up), and prayer. And, remember, that Sundays are “little Easters.” If you do take on a fast, you can take a break from it on Sundays!

As part of your Lenten journey, we invite you to a Thursday evening Bible study with Wes Howard-Brook who will be teaching “Coming Out of Empire, Moving Into Christ.” It will take place March 1, 8, 15, and 22 from 7-9 PM in the Sanctuary.

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