I did not grow up observing Lent, and my first impressions of the observance came mostly from people who seemed to care more about abstaining from chocolate and TV than seeking God. I figured that Lent was either a colossal waste of spiritual time or there was something more behind the curtain of this often misunderstood Christian practice.

I know I need a primer for Lent. Maybe you do too.

If we take a moment to peer down the corridors of time, we glimpse a figure bowed beneath a sweltering sun. His vacant stomach has shriveled within him, leaving him at the mercy of extended psychological torture. His only sustenance—the word of God alone. It is Christ’s trial in the wilderness that sets the tone for our observation of Lent, but how can we even begin to compare our meager fastings to His?

For us, Lent is a chance to walk a little of this barren road with Him, to seek understanding in renunciation, to find healing in repentance, and discover a feast along the way.

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2 Responses to Feasting for Lent

  1. Dan Porter says:

    The reason I do not ‘observe’ Lent, is because it is a Counter-Reformational repudiation of all that Christ already did for us. He went through ‘Lent’ so we don’t have to (2 Cor 5:21, Rom 8:1, and many more). Read the history–it is there for all to learn what we have in Christ, and what this growing movement is trying to take away. Better yet, live in a country where the Counter-Reformation is still in full effect, as I did, and you will not want to go down this road.

  2. Andrew Barnes says:

    Here’s an good article on lent as well by a PCA Pastor in Tyler, TX: http://tinyurl.com/ohpolpk