It's hard to believe, but 2017 is flying by and Lent is right around the corner. And as we approach this season of preparation, I wanted to share a few thoughts with you about keeping a Holy Lent.
Repent: Lent is a time where we remember our utter dependence upon God and examine those areas of our lives where we might need to return to God and refocus. This is often done through a fast, abstaining from something to spend more time in prayer and reflection. Giving up something can shake us out of our routines and remind us of God's presence all around us.
Pray: Thinning out our lives is important to help us engage God in prayer. For many of us, prayer is a haphazard practice. It comes and goes as circumstances arise in our lives. Lent can be a great way to establish a daily rhythm of prayer. Research shows that it only takes 30 days to start a habit, so commiting to daily prayer throughout all 40 days of Lent can truly create a holy habit.
Give: By turning the focus off of ourselves and onto one another, we can serve one another as Christ served us. Giving of your time and money to help those in need is another way to draw closer to the heart of God.
I pray that you join our community at Christ Church as we enter this season together.
The Rev. Taylor Ishii
Director of Student Ministry
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