The Lenten Season

Prayer blogger Peola Hicks

Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. (2 Corinthians 5:20)

Living on the East Coast, I am very aware of the changing seasons. They have the ability to change the way we live. In the winter, we bundle up in coats, hats, boots and sweaters; in the summer, we get the chance to put all of that away. Fall and spring, meanwhile, ease us into those two extreme seasons. Some people like it hot, while others like it cold. I like having all four seasons; I enjoy the changing weather.

I also look forward to the liturgical seasons. These are times when the Christian calendar has the potential to affect my inside temperature. Lent in particular is a season for drawing closer to God. It is a special time for study and reflection about the life and message Jesus shared with the world. For the next 40 days, we have the opportunity to enter into his story and experience the newness of life.

We often think of Lent as a time to give up something, but it is not so much what is given up as what is gained. Jesus has already given his all on our behalf. Lent is an opportunity to accept his sacrifice as a bridge that invites us to the table of reconciliation with God. We can gain a new relationship that has far-reaching benefits. The first 40 days can be thought of as a new season that can be renewed each day. It has no end date.

Prayer Point: Consider this season to begin anew with God. If you are far away, draw closer; if you are near, you can grow closer still. Please share your prayer requests with us for Lenten Day of Prayer on March 5, when we will pray you are more and more aware of God's presence during this season.

God bless you!