What Is It?: Ash Wednesday and Lent

I posted this on my blog last year as a simple summary of Ash Wednesday and the season of Lent. I hope it’s helpful for you as Lent begins today.


Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the traditional season of Lent, a 40-day journey (minus Sundays) toward Easter.

Some may ask, what is Lent all about? Lent is more than a worn-out tradition of the old-school church marked by self-absorbed sorrow and meal-skipping. Rather, Lent is our journey into greater depths of life with Jesus Christ. The 40-day journey reminds us of Jesus’ 40-day temptation in the desert before starting his public ministry. It reminds us of the people of Israel led by Moses through the wilderness for 40 years before entering the promised land. We enter into Jesus’ journey toward, into, and through the Cross. It is

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