Friday, April 22, 2011

Lent for a former Roman Catholic who is now Protestant

     For many Protestants, Lent is something that is associated with Catholicism. As a former member of the Roman Catholic faith, this has been something that I have spent some time thinking about. Most Protestants  wouldn't consider going to an Ash Wednesday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, or Stations of the Cross service; I believe that is to our detriment. I believe it should be that these events are all celebrated in a looking forward to resurrection kind of way. These other days paint a more complete picture for us of what the Lenten Season should mean, as we hopefully prepare ourselves spiritually for celebration of Christ's overcoming spiritual death.

     I am interested if any of you have made commitments to give anything up for Lent, or make changes in another way, and if so how is that going for you?  For me, I got a nudge to listen to The Bible audio style in my car. As I have listened to this over the last couple weeks, I believe it definitely has brought me closer to Him. Hearing Pilate and his wife and their thoughts as recorded in the Gospels, or the people asking for the release of Barabbas stood out to me the most this time around. "The people said His blood shall be on us and on our children!" is an absolutely horrifying statement.

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