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Lent

Today marks the 1st day of Lent (Ash Wednesday). Lent marks the 40th day prior to Holy Week. This time of year has always been a special time for Whitney and me as we each give up something of importance for a time of “fasting” in preparation for the Passover and the celebration of our risen Lord. I’d like to encourage you to consider taking part in this great event. We have found that in fasting from what are usually normal luxuries for a 40 day period brings about a great spiritual renewal as we enter into the time of Easter. The following list gives some ideas for what to choose for fasting.

-TV
-Internet
-Sweets
-Soda
-Money
-Solitude

The idea is to give up something that will be difficult but not unmanageable or impossible. In doing so we mimic the acts of Christ in the wilderness prior to His ministry. But whether you participate in this year’s Lent or not, praise be to God for He is risen indeed! (A little premature I know, sorry I’m a little excited!)

Blessings,

Russell

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