Lent is the forty days of preparation for Easter Sunday. We can hear God call us to use these days well so that we will arrive ‘home’ on Easter Sunday with hearts that are rededicated to Christ.

“Yet even now,” declares the Lord,
   “return to me with all your heart,
with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning;
tear  your hearts and not your garments.”
Return to the Lord your God,
    for He is gracious and merciful,
slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love;
    and He is eager to relent and not punish.

Joel 2:12-13

Lent is a time of resolving to be more of the person that God’s wants us to be. It’s a time to strengthen our personal relationship with God. It’s a time for us to fill our lives with the good works that God has prepared for us to do. It is a time to repent and to glorify and praise Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.

So, this Lent,

Forget the past, look forward to what lies ahead, and press on to the end to receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us. (Phil. 3:14-15)

Friends, let’s pray for our hearts and minds to be open to God’s call this Lent and pray that we will be transformed by His love and grace.

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