Lent

Woodview Christian Church

Dear Woodview friends and family,

We are in the season of Lent.  While our church tradition does not observe Lent, there are some that do!  About 30% of evangelical Christians say they observe Lent.

Lent is a 40 day observance leading up to Easter.  It was formalized by the Council of Nicea in 325 A.D. and is not mentioned in the Bible.  The idea is that it begins with Ash Wednesday, a day of repentance; and ends on Easter Sunday, celebrating the resurrection of Christ.  There are to be forty days of fasting in between, based on the 40 days of Jesus fasting in the desert.  Over the years, fasting for Lent has taken on some curious changes.

Here are the top 10 things people say they are giving up for Lent this year according to Twitter:

1.  Social networking

2.  Alcohol

3.  Twitter

4.  Chocolate

5.  Lent

6.  Meat

7.  Swearing

8.  Coffee

9.  Soda

10.  Sex

Obviously some of these things are "tongue in cheek", and some of them are just snarky (like tweeting that you are giving up Twitter).  But whether we actually observe Lent in our own lives or not, I do think there is value in at least the exercise of raising our awareness of Jesus leading into Easter...and hopefully the habits of raising that awareness stay with us!  

So let's ask a few questions:

1.  We don't observe Ash Wednesday...but what is there that you need to repent of?

2.  We don't observe Lent...but what should you put aside to follow Jesus more closely?

3.  What could you start doing today to prepare you and excite you for this coming Easter?

I look forward to seeing you Sunday!

In Christ,

Jon B. Stradtner