ChristianAnn Drummond, Seminary Student Senate Spiritual Life coordinator at Bethel Seminary shares the following regarding Lent:
“Some reflections on this season of Lent:
Lent is meant to be a season of reflection as we prepare our hearts for Easter, the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus. Lent is meant to be about simplicity. How might God be calling us to remember the simple truths about who God is and who we are? Often the focus of lent becomes "giving something up." However, the real grace is when we recognize that Lent is a season in which God wants to give us something. God wants to help us transform our lives and make us more free as people -- not just freer with God, but in the way we live our lives, participate in our communities and love our families.
So here are some questions as we enter into this season:
>What simple truths does God want me to remember this season? God's grace, God's love, God's redemption, God's healing, God's power, God's character?
>What might God want to change in my heart? How does God want to transform me during these 40 Days?
>How is God inviting me to become more like Christ?
>What might God be inviting me to let go of? What might God be inviting me to hold on to?”
Whether you have participated in Lent for years or if you are observing it for the very first time, perhaps God is inviting you to prepare your heart for Easter in a special way this year.