Getting Ready For Lent 2023
As we approach the season of Lent, I consider it worthwhile to remind you of the importance of observing this solemn period. Lent is a time of spiritual reflection, penance, and preparation for the celebration of Easter. It is a season that reminds us of the great sacrifice Jesus made for us on the cross and invites us to turn towards him with renewed devotion and faith.
Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, which falls on February 22 this year. On this day, Christians around the world come together to receive ashes on their foreheads, in the shape of a cross. This powerful symbol reminds us of our mortality and our need for redemption. As the ashes are placed on our foreheads, we hear the words, “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” These words are a call to repentance and a reminder of our ultimate destiny.
During the season of Lent, Christians are called to a period of fasting, prayer, and giving. This is a time for us to reflect on our own lives, turn away from sin and renew our relationship with God. Lent is an opportunity to examine our consciences, confess our sins, and seek forgiveness. Through prayer and fasting, we can draw closer to God and deepen our understanding of His will for our lives.
In the book of Joel, we read, “Return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning; and rend your hearts and not your garments” (Joel 2:12-13, NLT). Lent is a time for us to “rend our hearts” and turn towards God with sincerity and humility.
As we begin this season of Lent, let us pray for God’s love and mercy to be poured out upon us. Let us pray for understanding and the courage to embrace the sacrifices this season demands. Let us be generous to one another, especially those in need, remembering the words of Jesus, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me” (Matthew 25:40, NLT).
May this season of Lent be a time of spiritual renewal and growth for all of us. May we draw closer to God and to one another, as we journey towards the celebration of Easter.
Read my Lent Testimony to encourage you to participate in the Lent season this year.