This year, we are observing Lent together.

You might be wondering why we are doing it.

The obvious reason is that Lent is a way to prepare for Easter. The essence of Easter is the suffering and resurrection of Jesus Christ that made salvation possible for us; it made the path to return to God accessible.

How sweet is this grace given to us.

Yet our world is so noisy today that when we think of Easter, Christ’s suffering and resurrection is probably the last that comes to mind.

Colossians 3:2 tells us to Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.”

Lent helps you set your minds on things above: The immense love Jesus has for all of us despite our sinfulness, the pervasive peace that no one can take away, the invitation into eternal life with God. All of which requires minds of faith to grasp.

Do you believe that by setting your minds on things above you will be able to focus on what truly matters in life?

So what do we prepare?

We prepare ourselves by honestly looking at our lives for signs of waywardness so seek forgiveness through repentance

We prepare our hearts to be responsive to God’s saving grace.

We prepare our eyes to look to Jesus Christ, his life, his character, and his obedience to the Father God, even death on the cross.

Join a community group

If you want to take part this year, I invite you to join a community group. If you are already part of a group, then you’re all set. Stay tuned for more details.

Lent begins March 1.