The Second of the great seasons of anticipation, Lent prepares us for the Holy Days anticipating Easter. Through these forty days, we focus reverently, solemnly, but not morbidly or sadly on the wondrous love of God in Jesus Christ as our savior. God's outrageous love for us illumines our days of preparation for Easter.
The Protestant tradition has reduced Lent to "give-ups" or "somebody else's thing." Instead, at Community Covenant, we delight in the privilege of recognizing the gift of discipleship, the joy of following Jesus intentionally and the grace of spiritual practices (which may including adding disciplines, or removing some).
However you exercise your Lent, give yourself a chance to exercise. Make discipline and intention marks of these days. Allow your soul to come alive again just as spring breaks back in to our Northern homes.
May God be with you in these glorious days of hope and promise.