Lent is traditionally the time spent preparing for the events of Easter. It asks of us to look deeply at ourselves and to identify our own prejudices and selfishness.
Charles Wesley in his hymn “And Can it Be” wrote of Jesus that he... “emptied himself of all but love, and bled for Adam’s helpless race”. That phrase, written in the 18th century, remains true for all of us in 2019.
What would the church look like if it “emptied itself of all but love”? What would you look like if you, like Jesus, “emptied yourself of all but love”.
Some people give up something for lent. Chocolate, TV, cigarettes, even fast food. I gave up McDonalds many years ago after eating my lunch there almost daily. Since that time, I rarely visit Mickey D’s for much of anything. (Don’t talk to me about Burger King though).
Lent is not about giving up this vice or that one...
it’s about emptying yourself of everything... but love!
Is that a challenge you’re up too? Or will you give up something more simple this year?
Welcome to a holy lent.