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Experiencing a well spent Lent

March 8, 2011 No Comment

“It is a bad thing to be satisfied spiritually,” observed the British mystic Oswald Chambers.

In earlier times, Christians, especially monks, nuns and others living in church institutions practiced various spiritual disciplines. They believed their work before God earned their ongoing salvation. As a priest, Luther never believed he did enough to earn God’s forgiveness. Once he discovered that salvation was God’s gift, by grace, through faith, his struggle for self-righteousness ended.

Luther also knew that, despite our forgiveness, we still sin. Through the Holy Spirit’s power in the Word and Sacraments, God patiently works, sanding down spiritual rough edges, refining and polishing us so that we may better reflect Him to our world. We call this process sanctification—“fix[ing] our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:2).

Lent is a time of soul-searching and repentance. The forty-day observance recalls the forty days Christ spent in the desert “being tempted by Satan. He was with the wild animals, and angels attended Him” (Mark 1:13). Scripture does not speak of Lent, and in our current culture it is minimized or even ignored.

To help you focus on the forty days of Lent, we will publish daily suggestions, one for each day of Lent. Some will involve action or sacrifice, others repentance, but all require a humble spirit before God as we rely on His strength. 

You can see them via Twitter (LCCInfoTweet) or click the Twitter feed posts on www.canadianlutheran.ca, www.lutheranchurch.ca or simply visit www.wellspentlent.wordpress.com

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