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February 13, 2013

Ash Wednesday

Is it proper to wish someone Happy Lent? For the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview, I’m John Stonestreet with The Point.

My 7 year old daughter made me a card this week. It said, Dear Daddy, Happy Valentines Day. I love you. You’re the best dad ever. Love Abigail.  P.S. Happy Lent.

I loved it of course, although I’d never been wished a Happy Lent before. Can the season of the church calendar in which we give up something that we like in order to prepare to walk through Holy Week be happy?

Yes, it can, but only if we carefully define happy. If it means nothing more than giddy, than Lent is just a big damper placed on our culture’s call to indulge our appetites. But if it is true, as the Lord said, that we don’t live by bread alone, then the season of Lent may in fact point us to a happiness that only comes through wholeness. That only comes when our lives are properly oriented to the one who died and rose again.

After all, that’s when Lent ends. On Easter Sunday. Christ defeats death and brings eternal life. As it was meant to be. Come to, and learn more about it. I’m John Stonestreet.

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  • February 28, 2013 // 12:49 pm //  # 
    Abby Schaeffer's avatar Abby Schaeffer

    As a Christian, I have always viewed Lent as more of a Catholic tradition. Lent is something every Christian would benefit from participating in. Giving up one thing in your life to dedicate your extra time to spending it in God’s word?
    Who knows it may even become a more permanent change once Lent is over!

  • March 04, 2013 // 09:14 pm //  # 
    Nadia Dervish's avatar Nadia Dervish

    Abby, I completely agree! However, I do think that we shouldn’t just give up trivial things.. or do Lent to benefit ourselves, but rather maybe add something, like committing yourself to spending an extra 15 minutes a day in God’s word. Let that be your lenten tradition, and hopefully it does become a permanent change!

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