Listening to the Lord
But it is too easy and promotes too cheap a grace to focus only on the high points of Palm Sunday and Easter without walking with Jesus through the darkness of Good Friday, a journey that begins on Ash Wednesday. Lent is a way to place ourselves before God humbled, bringing in our hands no price whereby we can ourselves purchase our salvation. It is a way to confess our total inadequacy before God, to strip ourselves bare of all pretenses to righteousness, to come before God in dust and ashes. It is a way to empty ourselves of our false pride, of our rationalizations that prevent us from seeing ourselves as needy creatures, of our "perfectionist" tendencies that blind us to the beam in our own eye
Quoted from The Season of Lent
Our church does not formally observe Lent, but it is something I carry over from the church of my childhood. Resurrection Sunday is not as joyful and significant for me if I haven't been through the somber and serious prayer and reflection of Lent.
This year we are going to use the Lenten Lights devotionals from John Piper's Desiring God website. Seven candles are lit during the first Sunday in Lent and during the Bible reading, one candle is snuffed out (not to be lit again until Easter). This continues with the final candle being blown out on Good Friday. The candles are all lit together on Easter.
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14