Christians everywhere are preparing for Easter. Some are taking advantage of the season of Lent to get ready for Resurrection Sunday.
It is no surprise Lent is a season that helps prepare us for Easter. The Christian church has been using Lent in such a manner for hundreds of years. Translating the practice into English, the word chosen was "Lent." In its Old English form, the word meant "to lengthen." It is a beautiful definition. To "Lenten" means "to lengthen." What exactly are Christians lengthening during Lent? Their spiritual lives. Their capacity to experience the presence of Lici g God. Their character so that it more resembles that of Jesus.
Christians engage in a number of Lenten practices: prayer, silence, giving something up, confession, communion. But the focus is not the practice; the focus is on what is being lengthened: the spiritual life.
During this season we will feature a number of blogs, ideas and resources that will help you "lenten" your spiritual life.