Friday, March 11, 2011

Liturgy

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  This week is the beginning of the Lenten season...beginning on Ash Wednesday and going through Holy Week ending on Holy Saturday,,, right before Resurrection Sunday. Lent is a time of sacrifice for Jesus. The traditional purpose of Lent is the preparation of the believer — through prayer, self.sacrifice and repentance— for the annual commemoration during Holy week   and the subsequent death, burial and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.
This practice is common to much of Christendom, being celebrated by Catholics, Lutherans, Methodists,  Presbyterians, and Anglicans.   Because of my varied Christian background I do see the benefit in my life in sacrificing during this 40 days vigil of expectation to Holy Week.  
There are traditionally forty days in Lent which are marked by fasting, both from foods and festivities, and by other acts of penance. The three traditional practices to be taken up with renewed vigor during Lent are prayer , justice towards God), fasting (justice towards self), and giving (justice towards neighbour). Today, some people give up a vice of theirs, add something that will bring them closer to God, and often give the time or money spent doing that to charitable purposes or organizations.
I am committing to be much more careful in my healthful practices... trying to get more exercise and watching my food controls... perhaps doing some fasting from certain foods that I know a re not good for me... and I am dedicating more time to my personal relationship with the Lord...  giving more time to Bible reading as well as daily prayer focus...  Together as a family we are saving toward being able to give more to the  Spring Missionary effort in our church....focusing on God and His kingdom is what it is all about..  pressing in for more of Him and allowing Him dominion over our lives....  that is a two street to heaven...   heavenly gifts from our Father to ourselves and then to our world!

1 comment:

  1. Proud of you, Mom! Praying that you'll be able to seek Him without distraction during this season! Love you and hope you're feeling better!

    love,
    a

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