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Embracing Lent: A Season of Reflection and Renewal

Updated: Feb 13



Word Lent on background of mountain with sunset

Lent is a sacred time we are called to engage in acts of repentance, fasting, and preparation for the celebration of Easter. It is a period of 40 days, which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday, mirroring the time Jesus spent in the wilderness. May we be encouraged to reflect on our lives, seek forgiveness for our shortcomings, and deepen our spiritual connection.


Through prayer, fasting, and acts of service, Lent offers a unique opportunity for personal growth, self-discipline, and re-commitment to one's faith.


May we be encouraged to reflect on our lives, seek forgiveness for our shortcomings, and deepen our spiritual connection

As we walk this path of Lent together to prepare for Easter as United Methodists, may we open our hearts to the transformative power of God's love and grace, and emerge from this season strengthened in our faith and renewed in our commitment to serving others.


In the United Methodist Church, Lent holds a special significance as it is a time for us to draw closer to God through prayer, fasting, and acts of service.


During Lent, United Methodists often participate in various spiritual disciplines to help deepen our faith and grow closer to God. This may include giving up certain luxuries or indulgences, such as sweets or social media, in order to focus more on our relationship with God. Fasting is not meant to be a punishment, but rather a way to make space for God in our lives and to seek a renewed sense of spiritual clarity.


Man praying by the river.

In addition to fasting, United Methodists also engage in acts of service and charity during Lent. This may involve volunteering at a local soup kitchen, donating to a charitable organization, or simply reaching out to someone in need. These acts of service help us to live out our faith in a real way by showing God's love to others and acting as the hands and feet of Christ in the world.


This season is a time for us to recommit ourselves to following the teachings of Christ and to living out our faith in our daily lives.

Prayer is also an essential aspect of Lent for United Methodists. We use this time to reflect on our relationship with God, to seek forgiveness for our sins, and to ask for guidance in our spiritual journey. Through fervent prayer, we are able to connect with God on a deeper level and to discern His will for our lives.


As we journey through Lent together as United Methodists, we are reminded of the importance of self-reflection, repentance, and renewal. This season is a time for us to recommit ourselves to following the teachings of Christ and to living out our faith in our daily lives. By growing closer to God through prayer, fasting, and acts of service, we can experience a transformation of heart and mind that will bring us closer to the true meaning of Easter.


Reflection Questions:


  1. How do the traditional Lenten disciplines of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving help deepen our faith as United Methodists?

  2. In what ways can we use the season of Lent to reflect on our Wesleyan heritage and commitment to social justice and service?

  3. How can the themes of sacrifice, repentance, and renewal during Lent inspire us to live out our faith more fully in the world today?


 

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