Some of you may have wondered “what happened to me” as there has been nothing posted in a while from me. Yeah I am still around, enjoying some spring weather in Canada interspersed with some more winter and have just finished what is known as Lent.
So what is Lent anyways? It is taking these 40 days to prepare oneself for Easter. On the outside things do not look any different. I can’t escape and hide out in a cave. I still have work, family and church commitments. But inwardly you try to change. One of the ways is giving up something significant during those 40 days. And what may be significant for one person might mean mothing to another. My wife gave up sugar in her tea and coffee, and it was HUGE for her, but for myself who does not add sugar in my hot beverages, cutting out sugar would not mean anything.
This year I gave up blogging on my running blog. No new posts and probably read just a handful of posts…VERY unusual for me, and it was really tough. And I have missed you. The one thing I DID do is take some of that freed up time to register a new domain that ties in with my Sunday lay pastoring. It is called mysundayblog.com. It is like a little devotional that ties in with the Sunday morning message at church. The cool thing is that it really is not much more work for me, as I already write this devotional for our church Facebook page and our church group e-mail anyways. But having the blog domain allows to do so much more. Makes me wonder why I kept putting this off for so long.
As a lay pastor not only do I prepare myself during the 40 days of Lent as I journey towards Easter but also guide the congregation through Lent to help them prepare for Easter. Each week we do pray this prayer, “Father, help me to see this holy season of Lent as a time of spiritual renewal, rather than a time of deprivation. Motivate me to reach a new level of experiencing your grace”.
It is always exciting to hear of people giving up bad habits during Lent, and when it is all over often they don’t ever want to go back to former habits. Always so cool. Did anyone else give up something for Lent that they would like to share?
Happy Easter, He IS risen. And 2000 years later Jesus continues to transform lives. Thank you for taking the time to read. And guess what? Race season is just around the corner. 🙂