to gain an understanding

Lent, a Season on the Christian calendar prior to Easter/Pascha… have you ever even heard of it?

If yes:  Do you observe it?  Do you ignore it?  Or do you fall somewhere in between?

Like a lot of people, I too have a Facebook account.  A couple of weeks ago, on Ash Wednesday, I noticed a little bit of discussion about Lent, what it is, and why people give up different things because of Lent.

Somewhere in the discussion you might find the joke, “I’m giving up Lent for Lent.”

Whether one observes Lent or not it is important, especially for Christians, to at least understand what Lent is and what it is about.  After all it is a practice that still impacts our culture as is evident by conversation among friends or in seeing people with ash marks on their forehead on Ash Wednesday.

Understanding our brothers and sisters in Christ, even if one may not agree entirely with a particular devotional practice, is a step towards fulfilling Jesus’ command to us to “love one another.”

Understanding also allows us to be able to appreciate the heart and intent behind a particular devotional practice (whether we choose to participate in it or not.)   And by understanding the reason behind why another might do something we might, if need should arise, be able to help someone else understand a fellow follower of Christ’s devotional practice.

For the sake of understanding where Christians who observe/practice Lent are coming from, here are a couple of ‘quick-read’ links to check out:
What’s Lent and Why Do I care?

What is Lent?

Ash Wednesday and Lent

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