Lent 2022: Giving "Things" Up for Lent by Elias "Pete" Prioleau
"But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that it will not be obvious to others that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”
March 30, 2022
Giving "Things" Up for Lent
It is common to hear people describing what they’re “giving up for Lent.”. Lent is typically observed by Christian denominations, such as Roman Catholics, Lutherans, Anglicans, and more. The word “Lent” comes from the Old English word “lencten” meaning “spring.” Lent begins in the winter on “Ash Wednesday” and continues through the weekend of Easter Sunday.
“Ash Wednesday” and “giving things up” should be filled with hope, faith, and striving to focus more on God and less on self. Typically, Christians observe Lent with the goals of truly remembering their great need for God, along with taking away a habit or guilty pleasure that they realize they’ve either come to rely on and enjoy more than fellowship with God.
Striving to live in self-awareness that is more spiritual, more about serving and trusting in God and loving others, is a strong, underlying motive of participating in Lent.
Almighty God, May this time of Lent be one of outward focus; seeking you in those we often ignore. Help us observe a Lent focused on freedom, generosity, and encounter. Amen
Steward Elias "Pete" Prioleau, III
Senior Board of Stewards
Mighty Men of Metropolitan
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