I know many of you that read this blog do not practice the time of introspection known as Lent that the more Ancient Churches, do but I would like to invite you, to consider it. Many emergents and others are considering adding certain disciplines or removing certian impediments to God that is in their lives.
Soon it will be Ash Wednesday, and I am working on my Lenten discipline now, opening my heart to what the Spirit would guide me in this year. I know that part of my Lenten journey this year will be praying for seven friends who are Pastors or Teachers in the Church.
The big question will be, how can I follow Jesus, as He spends forty days in the desert? He invites us to walk along side, to look into our hearts, into the desert we find there. This isn't something I like to do, but like getting in shape physically, I feel better after it is done.
Does anyone reading this feel that taking a special set time for self-examination and repentance; for prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and for reading and meditating on God's holy Word is something valuable for today's Christian?
This is a time for me to remember that He has created me out of the dust of the earth. I pray that I may remember also, that the ashes of Wednesday may be to me a sign of my mortality and penitence that I may remember that it is only by His gracious gift that I am given everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.