Lent is a bit different than most of our yearly things because it moves around the calendar. Christmas is always December 25, Canada Day is always July 1, but Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent can be in March a few years ago but it was in February this year. Lent can sneak up on us because we don’t use a lunar calendar for much these days.
So, Lent is here but what does that mean? Is Lent a good thing or a bad thing or a even a thing at all? I’ll give away my position right away, Lent is a good thing, or at least it can be a good thing. Why? There are lots of reasons but one is when we choose to give up something we can legitimately enjoy we get a hint of what it was like for Jesus to become fully human while remaining fully God but choosing to leave some divine attributes behind.
There are some other reasons to like Lent, and I hope you can find one that resonates with and for you in one or the other of the sermons below.