Next Wednesday begins the Church’s longest season of fasting, prayer, intentional service, and self-reflection. This season, known as Lent, is an opportunity for an annual return to the basics.
In Lent we focus on what it truly means to follow Jesus and what the core of a well-discipled life should look like. And in Lent, while we look ahead to the life Jesus is calling each of us into, we also take time to acknowledge that we often aren’t equipped and ready to begin this journey, and so we prepare.
If you’ve ever gone on a long distance hike, you know that the more time you take carefully packing your gear and charting your course, the more likely you are to have a successful and enjoyable trek. In a similar way, our journey towards Christ-likeness is a spiritual hike, and Lent is the time we take to faithfully prepare ourselves for what lies ahead.
At our upcoming two-day seminar, Prepare: Lent 2017, we will be led by Fr. Paul and guest speaker Fr. Jack Lumanog as they together invite us to deal honestly and openly with our pain and brokenness. We will remember that it is through suffering that God prepares us for the journey of faith. He transforms our suffering and pain into stories of his faithfulness to us.
Prepare: Lent 2017 will invite us into honest self-evaluation before the Lord, and also invite the Spirit to heal us and free us from the sin and shame that holds us back from a life of faithfulness to Christ and his Kingdom.
I look forward to seeing you there!
The Rev. Tripp Prince
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