What is Lent?
Lent 2021 starts on Ash Wednesday, which is February 17th, and ends on Holy Saturday, April 3, which is the day before Easter. Lent is a forty-day period of fasting or penance to pay homage to the period of fasting observed by Jesus Christ before his public ministry. People fast during Lent to show that they can make a sacrifice and atone for sins just like Jesus. It is also a way to strengthen and focus on your relationship with God and ignore other distractions. There are also other ways to observe Lent 2021 such as volunteering or praying.
Opening Our Hearts to Jesus
During Lent, we may think of the difficulties and struggles that Jesus faces during his time in the wilderness. In doing so, we’re also reminded of our own struggles. We may remember times when we’ve felt overwhelmed or disheartened in life while going through challenging times. Sometimes we may think we can not change our circumstances or that the fog of a difficult time will never be lifted. It is during these hard times specifically that our relationship with God is more important than ever. We must always remember that the Spirit of the Lord is always within us and ready to help. We just have to open our hearts and be ready to accept help. No matter what trials we may face in life, God is stronger and greater and will carry you through if you let Him.
Keeping in mind the theme of overcoming obstacles in life, we would like to share one of our favorite poems with you called Footprints in the Sand. You may have heard it before but it is always nice to hear it again.
Footprints in the Sand
One night I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord. Many scenes from my life flashed across the sky.
In each scene I noticed footprints in the sand. Sometimes there were two sets of footprints, other times there was one only.
This bothered me because I noticed that during the low periods of my life, when I was suffering from anguish, sorrow or defeat, I could see only one set of footprints, so I said to the Lord, “You promised me Lord, that if I followed you, you would walk with me always. But I have noticed that during the most trying periods of my life there has only been one set of footprints in the sand. Why, when I needed you most, have you not been there for me?”
The Lord replied, “The times when you have seen only one set of footprints, my child, is when I carried you.”Margaret Fishback
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