What are you adding on for Lent?

Posted by Pastor Dave on February 15, 2013

We have entered the season of Lent. Many Christians will be asking, "What are you giving up for Lent?" And so we answer, "chocolate" or "sweets" or "a trip to Cancun" (which you were not planning on anyhow!). It's as if we have to punish ourselves in some way to observe Lent. This has become a normal question for Lent. We are so used to it the habit is hard to break.

However, Lent is a 40-day "season of spiritual preparation. During this season converts to the faith were prepared for Holy Baptism [on Easter Sunday]. It was also a time when persons who had committed serious sins and had separated themselves from the community of faith were reconciled by penitence and forgiveness and restored to participation in the life of the church." (UM Book of Worship, 1992) I doubt that giving up chocolate is what the early church had in mind!