As we begin our journey into the season of Lent, we are invited to pause, reflect, and deepen our connection with Jesus. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of this season and is a time for us to turn inward and open our hearts to the transformative power of God’s love and grace.  Just as spring brings new life and growth in nature, Lent offers us an opportunity for spiritual growth and renewal. It is a period of forty days (not counting Sundays), mirroring Jesus’ forty days in the wilderness, during which we are called to draw closer to God through prayer, fasting, and acts of service.

Fasting and feasting are often integral practices of Lent. Fasting, traditionally associated with sacrifice, or giving something up, creates space for us to detach from worldly distractions and focus our attention on God. It can take many forms, whether abstaining from certain foods, technology, or habits that may be hindering our connection to God and others and helps us recognize what we are truly hungry for. In fasting, we empty ourselves, making room for God to fill us with Jesus’ presence and grace.

Lent can be a time for feasting as well – perhaps not in the traditional sense of eating indulgently, rather, celebrating God’s abundant blessings. As we fast from indulgences or unhealthy behaviors, we feast on the richness of God’s Word, the nourishment of community, and the boundless love of Christ.  Feasting can include acts of kindness, generosity, and compassion towards others, or feasting on Christ’s attributes of love, grace, forgiveness, and connection.

This Lenten season, I invite you to join me in embracing both fasting and feasting as spiritual practices. Setting aside time each day for prayer and reflection, seeking God’s guidance and wisdom in our lives, may we fast from those things that distract us from God’s presence, allowing ourselves to be transformed by Christ’s love.

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Marsha Roscoe