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I didn’t grow up in a denomination which recognized or practiced the season of Lent. Only in my adult life, did I decide it was something I wanted to observe.

It’s been several years in which I gave up something for the Lenten season, often wanting it to be something sure to be missed. After all, it is supposed to be a sacrifice.

The sacrifice has, at times, been easier than other times. But most often, it took a concentrated effort on my part to remember and stay focused on being without.

As the season began to draw closer, and with my Lent devotional selected, there was no compulsion to give up anything, or to make a sacrifice.

With my decision in place, I moved into the season and concentrated on my morning Lent readings. The Lord would have His way through the readings and Scriptures and show me what was to be my focus and lessons learned.

One morning last week I was drying my hair. Some of my best conversations with God take place while drying my hair. Other times, it is a wonderful time spent in prayer.

As I was drying and praying, the Lord began to show me in the gentlest of ways what I had, in fact, given up – it was my time.

My time had not been my own. It has been a season of sacrificing my time, my sleep, and my energy. And yes, it has come at a cost.

But the Lenten season is not Lent unless it comes with pain and sacrifice. I cannot even tell you how this all has impacted me. It never occurred to me that we can give something up without even realizing we have done so.

Often our sacrifices are easy, things we can do without missing. Lent is a season to remember “no pain, no gain.” Jesus, in talking to the crowd and His disciples, says:

And He summoned the crowd with His disciples, and said to them, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it. For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his soul?” (Mark 8:34-36, NASB)

“The self who is denied is the self who is received from God and given back to God in obedience and praise.”


(from A Way Other Than Our Own by Walter Brueggemann, page 29)

Time, our most precious commodity. And the Lord desires to have our time. Our time committed to just being with Him. Our time spent in reading His Word and listening for His voice. Our time dedicated to our family and friends.

Lent: a season of sacrifice,
a season of self-denial,
and yet, we are the ones who receive from God.

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