Today is the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. Ash Wednesday is the marking spot for the start of a spiritual season we call Lent. Lent is a journey through time that will take us over a period of 40 days (not counting Sundays) as we make our way to the great celebration of Easter.
Easter is a wonderful gift to the Christian community. It is the day of Resurrection, a day of great hope, and a time of renewal for our faith. To arrive at Easter is only dependent on our ability to cross off enough days on the calender. But to arrive at Easter with a heart that is prepared...that is another matter!
It is a journey that is well worth the trip! Our trip for 2012 will involve the development of a greater sensitivity and awareness of poverty in our own communities and around the world.
There will be four basic daily steps to our Lenten process. (1) get a copy of A Place At The Table by Chris Seay. Read the first four chapters and be ready on Ash Wednesday to start with the Day 1 devotion. (2) log on to www.chrisseay.net to view the daily video that corresponds to the daily devotion. (3) Check in with this blog (randyjessen.blogspot.com) to reflect together in written and video form. (4) engage a fast that will challenge your spiritual life with your daily journey. Read Chris's suggestions about fasting and feasting so you are on target with the process.
In the meantime, learn all you can about the issues of poverty in your own community. Engage, pray, learn, grow, and discover a new edge to your journey of faith!
Before we start...my apology for the face that launches the video. Who knows what lurks in the heart of a person...sometimes in all comes to the surface in the first frame of a video!