What is Lent?

Lent is a 40-day period beginning on Ash Wednesday and ending on Easter. It symbolizes the 40 days that Jesus spent wandering the desert fasting and resisting Satan’s temptation. Christians practice Lent to show discipline and penance to God. Though Lent is not mentioned in the Bible, it is a tradition long accepted in the Christian church. Sundays are not counted in Lent since the primary focus of all Sundays in the Christian faith should be the celebration of Christ’s resurrection.

Lent remains a prominent part of the Christian faith. It is still characterized by sacrificing something for the Lord and focusing on spiritual growth. This includes not only fasting and prayer but partaking in new practices and acts of service that draw us closer to Christ.. It is a time for Christians to repent of sin, renew their faith, and prepare to celebrate the resurrection of their Savior. It is our prayer that the words on these pages will be used by the Holy Spirit to identify changes that need to take place in our lives to draw closer to Christ. If one person’s life is opened to God’s grace in Jesus Christ then contributors to this devotional will have the greater reward.

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Day 41 - April 1, 2018

EASTER BLESSINGS - Morning Has Broken

Psalm 134:8

“Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life.” Psalm 134:8

Morning Has Broken
 by Eleanor Farjeon (1881-1965)

Morning has broken,
Like the first morning,
Blackbird has spoken
Like the first bird;
Praise for the singing,
Praise for the morning,
Praise for them springing
Fresh from the Word.

Sweet the rain’s new fall,
Sunlit from heaven,
Like the first dewfall
On the first grass;
Praise for the sweetness,
Of the wet garden,
Sprung in completeness
Where His feet pass.

Mine is the sunlight,
Mine is the morning,
Born of the one light
Eden saw play;
Praise with elation,
Praise every morning,
God’s re-creation
Of the new day.

In closing, we often, like Jesus, pray for God to take “the cup” away. In a strange way He does, as He did even in Jesus’ situation. True, He didn’t remove the cup until Jesus had endured all that He did. But God did help Him get through it. Bottom line: the cup was no longer before Him. May our Lord take us through the dark times and then may we see the light as we help others through their dark times. Despite all we are going through may we remember to “sit with God” and thus find our reason for believing again.

Dear Rescuer, draw us to Your side in our pain. Please sit with us in our grief and disappointment until we see that You are the answer to all our fears and hurts. In the Name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, amen.

submitted by the Fredrikson Center Team

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