6 Questions for Lenten Reflection

Examine yourselves to see if your faith is genuine. (2 Corinthians 13:5)

The season of Lent, the forty days of spiritual preparation leading up to Easter, began last week with the observance of Ash Wednesday. In the Christian tradition, Lent is a time for the believer to commemorate the great price Jesus Christ paid for humankind’s redemption through His passion, death, burial and resurrection. Typically the observance of Lent is expressed by individual believers through prayer and repentance, fasting and other acts of self-denial, and almsgiving.

No matter what denominational or liturgical background, Lent is a season in which every believer is called to reflect upon the meaning and depth of one’s own faith relationship with God. It is a time as the apostle Paul says to “examine yourselves to see if your faith is genuine.” (2 Corinthians 13:5)

This examination process, as one can imagine, can take a myriad of forms. Discoveries of new approaches to spiritual self assessment are particularly helpful because they can enable the believer to probe here unto uncharted depths of the soul. This Lent I have been blessed to make such a find.

Why true rest is so hard and the Rx

We live in a culture that has a dysfunctional view of time. Recent statistical studies show that Americans are now working more and vacationing less than any industrialize nation including Japan. Most of us have succumb to such a frenzied pattern of living that even when we take a break we do not find the deep refreshing of both soul and body that we long for. From the very beginning of creation mankind has battled this. That is why God has programmed into the weekly rhythm of our lives time-outs to rest the body and soul, regain His perspective through reflection and renew ourselves spiritually. It’s called a Sabbath rest.

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