This year, Lent's a bit different. I'll be reflecting on my journey of call exploration since last June's enquirers' conference. The challenges, encouragement, love and growth I have experienced and continue to experience since then, especially since the start of my co-ordinated field assessment.
Also, I'm giving up a few things for lent:
- riding motorbikes
- washing dishes
- cleaning the bathroom
- carrying rucksacks
- and, at the moment, I might as well be celibate!
I know lent reflects Jesus going into the wilderness for 40 days. Was it a choice, though? I've often wondered that and don't think it was. I feel Jesus did it as it was something he had to do. To fully prepare Himself for His death on the cross. Perhaps even to "see" if there was another way - did humanity really need this?
Yes, we did and we were cleansed forever by the sacrifice of God Himself on the cross, so death would no longer be the end.