Okay here is my quick version of participating in Lent that I have gathered.

In Lent, it's traditional to give up something that you do a lot of and find pleasure in.

This giving up is done:

1. To learn self-control.
2. To free oneself from the chase after material things.
3. To identify with Christ's sufferings.
4. As an act of sorrow over our wrongdoings.

When we desperately struggle to give some tiny aspect of our lives over to God, we discover (symbolically):

1. How inescapable our sin is.
2. How deep is the divide between us and God.

The recognition of the two things above should drive one to even deeper reverence for God and faith in His salvation.

It is not a time of celebration, but of reflection and repentance.

Lent isn't just about giving things up. It's also about adding things to our lives:

1. Worship
2. Service to others
3. Reconcilation of broken relationships
4. Prayer
5. Bible Study

So though the denomination I am a part of doesn't participate I have been for a couple of years now. Is anyone else? Anyone have any thoughts to share? I am interested.

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