The latest Salt challenge is Lent. This was a difficult topic for me since I don’t participate in traditional Lenten practices. Although raised in a church that does recognize the season of Lent, I had to do an internet search to refresh my mind on the purpose and intent of Lent.
Lent is a time of reflection and repentance for many believers, a time to sacrifice personal daily pleasures or comforts. If Lent is sincerely practiced, it is a time to prepare the heart for honoring the ultimate sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ.
I believe my heart participates in Lent, but perhaps not in the context of a certain time period. As Easter approaches, my heart does reflect on my own sinfulness and the amazing thought that my God loved me while I was yet a sinner. He died for me while I partied on. He loved me while I remained bitter and hard hearted. It was this immense sacrificial love that melted my hard heart. So as Easter draws near, my awareness of His great sacrifice is made very tender and fresh.
I have many Christian friends who participate in Lenten practices, giving up something, not eating meat on Fridays, reading particular Lenten devotions or Scriptures. I honor these friends and their devotion to Our Lord. It is beautiful to see.
So this page in my altered hymnal is in honor of the Lenten season and the beautiful traditions of the Christian faith. And this page is also in thankfulness for the great liberty our Christian faith allows. I am free to follow or not follow traditions made by man and must turn to God to make the choice right for my life.
1 Corinthians 6:12 All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.
Galatians 5:13 For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.
This page also reflects a prayer that my attitude of repentance, of a willingness to sacrifice my own comforts, would be one that would remain not just for a season, but that I turn my heart to my God every day.
Let the fire rage. Let the flames roll. Consume me, Lord. Engulf my soul.