Hello, humans of the internet. I hope that you all had a beautiful week and experienced all of the joys. If not, focus on the best things that happened. Today, I’m looking forward to my favorite part of the year. I have already talked about my favorite holiday on this blog, which is HALLOWEEN! This is different because this is my favorite part of year not just favorite day. As you can guess from the title of this blog post right up there at the top of the page, it’s Lent. I know that it’s not a particularly popular favorite time of year as it’s all about fasting. There are a lot of reasons that I love this time of year which will be listed below. Lent is a Christian religious season that includes the 40 days prior to Easter plus the Sundays that are not included in those 40 days. During this time people fast something like chocolate or meat. This is because of the 4o days that Jesus was tempted by the devil in the wilderness. I believe that this is only followed by Catholics, Lutherans, and Methodists (if that’s wrong let me know). Anyway brief description over into why this is my favorite Church season.
First off, I have not always loved Lent, this is just in the last few years. As a kid, I saw Lent as a time when I was supposed to eat fish on Fridays and I really hated fish. Now that I’m an adult-like human who has studied more I understand Lent better. It isn’t about not doing something it’s about getting closer to God, usually by stopping with something that distracts from Him. This typically leaves me with the “returning from the mountain feel.” Participating in Lent makes me excited to talk to people about God and I feel like my personal relationship with God grows.
I also really like the hymns, that we sing during Lent. (I also like Advent songs, so maybe I just like the hymns about looking forward to things). Two of my favorites are “Glory, Laud, and Honor” and “Savior, When in Dust to Thee.” I actually find them very meditative. Most importantly, Lent ends with Easter and Easter Hymns like “Were You There” and “Christ is Risen” which are awesome. I sing these songs to myself all year like those people who drive people crazy singing Christmas songs. Some people are running around in July singing, “Mary did you know, that your baby boy, would someday rule the nations,” and I’m over her in November singing, “Christ is risen, alleluia, Christ is risen from the dead!”
Finally fasting. I typically like to add things to my life as well as fast something. In the past I’ve done things like give up wearing make-up and do something positive for someone else, another year I gave up social media and wrote everyday. I do feel that your Lenten Devotions are a very personal journey, so I don’t think that I’ll be sharing this year’s right now. If you are interested in participating in Lent, but aren’t sure what you should be doing there are a ton of resources about it online, you can also talk to your pastor, pray with someone or alone whichever.
If you are Christian, do you celebrate and or like Lent? If not do you celebrate anything similar? Everyone, what is your favorite religious holiday/season? Until next week, have a wonderful time and share some love,