Ash Wednesday [or] Lent 2009 part 2

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Today is Ash Wednesday, which is the first day of Lent and occurs forty-six days (forty days not counting Sundays) before Easter. The purpose of Lent is the preparation of the believer—through prayer, penitence, almsgiving and self-denial—for the annual commemoration during Holy Week of the Death and Resurrection of Jesus, which recalls the events linked to the Passion of Christ and culminates in Easter, the celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

This is one of those traditions of the church that has been either lost or set aside because it’s intitial intention was distorted in some way or another. However, there is massive potential for each of us in this Lent season, not to earn anything from God, but rather learn greater dependancy and find deeper intimacy with Him.

So, at our staff meeting today, we decided to begin this Lent season by challenging each other with this question:

“What, if removed from your life for a season, would give God more of your attention?”

What is it for you? Are you willing to trust God with it and let go?

[post taken from Buckhead Church Blog]

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