I wanted to share a great article on the subject of the Season of Lent. The author has given me permission to recreate it. I pray it proves to be a blessing to you…
ON KEEPING A HOLY LENT
Craig R. Higgins
People from different religious backgrounds have very different reactions to the season of Lent.
Some grow up in churches where Lent is observed, but with little to no real explanation. Whether observed as a time of strict austerity or merely as a time of forgoing a few simple pleasures, in such cases Lent may seem like an empty, meaningless ritual.
On the other hand, some grow up in church traditions where Lent is not observed at all. These folks may think of Lenten observance as, at best, a hollow custom, or, at worst, quite foreign to authentic Christianity. As a matter of fact, many who grew up in church have the same the question as those who didn’t: “What is Lent, anyway?”