“Lent (Latin: Quadragesima: Fortieth) is a solemn religious observance in the liturgical calendar that begins on Ash Wednesday and ends approximately six weeks later, before Easter Sunday. The purpose of Lent is the preparation of the believer through prayer, doing penance, repentance of sins, almsgiving, atonement, and self-denial.”
From old English and the word lent referred to the spring season in which the days become longer and lighter. If we think of it these forty days of Lent is preparing me for the celebration of the Resurrected Christ. As each day goes by the days are getting longer which means more light is shining into our lives.
Jesus is our Light and each day that we draw closer to Him we are allowing more light into our hearts. If we are repenting from our sins the darkness is being pushed out by Jesus’ glorious light giving life and forgiveness. Thus, freeing us from the darkness of this world and now walking in His life-giving light.
May you use this to remember to put off the old nature this season while putting on the new nature of Jesus Christ as the Passover (Easter) approaches so you can celebrate with a pure heart the Resurrection of Jesus Christ and the ultimate gift of eternal life.