Lent has become something I look forward to with anticipation, yet it wasn’t always that way. Growing up in a Christian home, I remember a lot of enthusiasm surrounding the celebration of Easter, but not a lot of focus on the days and weeks leading up to it. To be honest, I always assumed it was just a Catholic thing. I knew very little surrounding the topic except that it started on Ash Wednesday, lasted until the week of Easter, and that some people gave up stuff like ice cream.
After getting married, my husband joined the Air Force and we began to move around a lot, which meant finding a new Church home in each state his new assignment sent us. One year when Easter had rolled around after a recent move, our new Church talked of the importance of Lent in a way we had never heard before. We witnessed the beauty of a short season of letting go of something as a way to lean into God more.
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