Lent Week 1 (40 days of preparation time for Easter)
Lord, we long for a deeper
Understanding and knowing of
You and Your life and sacrifice
Please prepare us.
Becoming fully present
Pray the following prayer a few times slowly for a minute.
Lord, I long to know You and be known by You.
Read: Luke 5:27-32
Lent is a season of forty days, not counting Sundays, which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday, Easter weekend. Lent comes from the Anglo Saxon word lencten, which means “spring”. The forty days represents the time Jesus spent in the wilderness, enduring the temptation and preparing to begin his ministry. Lent is a time of repentance, fasting and preparation for the coming of Easter. It is a time of self-examination and reflection. Today, Christians focus on their relationship with God often choosing to give up something or to volunteer and give of themselves for others. Lent helps us to prepare our hearts for the fullness of the meaning of Easter.
Which character in the story of Luke can you identify with at the moment? What can you do this Lent to regain a sense of balance in your life? What holds you (or people in general) back from approaching Jesus, the doctor?
Blessing for the Week
May you become aware of God’s constant healing action in your life and may you be filled with the courage to incorporate habits that will help you keep your heart open to God’s presence and love.