Lent is next week and this is what I have learned! 

Lent is a time where Christians and Catholics have a time of repentance and solemn contemplation. From what I've learned, we think about Jesus's life and death, our own mortality, our sins, and what we can do to reconcile ourselves. It seems like a very, how do you say, forgiving of the self thing, because my theology is that Jesus, in dying on the cross, has washed our sins away. Despite that, we have Lent. Maybe that's why some Christians don't

Lent is next week and this is what I have learned! 

celebrate it as seriously as others do? In any case, as I researched traditions and talked with others to what they do, I indulged myself in what I could do. Give up social media for lent? Sounds reasonable! But I am not sure I could do that given my only support is in social media.
I decided on a tradition that is very much Catholic and because I am not the biggest fan of fish, tuna sandwich friday for 40 days it is! That starts...the 28th?

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Lent is in 2 weeks and this is what I have learned! 

sorry my last cw's are misleading, lent is still in 2 weeks!

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Lent is in 2 weeks and this is what I have learned! 

I was getting overwhelmed because I was thinking of reading the bible and writing in my prayer journal for 40min for 40 days and then i read that there's actually 46 days in lent and that sundays don't count and i got overwhelmed at that...
and then i thought, maybe God wants me to be kinder to myself as I saw some images on tumblr about giving up unkind words to oneself for lent. That has been a constant message in my recent days.

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Lent is in 2 weeks and this is what I have learned! 

Lent just feels like it's supposed to be a time to look down on our own selves, to look down on our human ways and put down our selfishness in our human ways. Lent in it's encyclopedia wikipedia dictionary definition feels like it's supposed to be some sort of 'I am a horrible being because I am human' and like NOOO Jesus did not Die on that cross for you to do that?? But, is that what Lent is??

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Lent is in 2 weeks and this is what I have learned! 

i have like 30 tabs open on different things about Lent and maybe that's why i feel overwhelmed right now and I'm trying to wrap my head around it.
I just had an idea but I don't think it would work because lent ends in easter.
I was told i could do a sermon sometime in mid march and I've been procrastinating on it like no end. I was thinking 40min working on the sermon and I will have it done by easter I'm sure, but then it would be too late

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Lent is in 2 weeks and this is what I have learned! 

There's so many ideas to what I could do for lent and i'm getting overwhelmed but like, maybe it's not that big a deal but I want it to be that big a deal?? I'm still trying to grapple with the significance of it.
"The preparation of easter"
Easter is when Jesus came back to life, right?
I am just going to stick to a devotional on my bible app and maybe a morning/nightly prayer in my prayer journal (maybe both?) and tuna fridays

Lent is in 2 weeks and this is what I have learned! 

As for the sermon, I guess that will have to be another post. Thanks for reading.

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Lent is in 2 weeks and this is what I have learned! 

@raphael Something I sometimes find helpful for Lent is to add a practice rather than giving something up, or to give up something that is pretty unequivocally not-great for me.

One year I have up the snooze button. Time that I spend in bed after hitting snooze is never properly restful anyway. Another year I sowed seeds every day. Another, I gave up dresses and skirts and trousers without pockets (and gave a *lot* of clothing away).

Lent is in 2 weeks and this is what I have learned! 

@raphael This year I am planning to give up motored public transport within a certain area. I used to cycle loads, I got out of the habit, and my church is part of an eco-church program so this ties in well with that.

(And Jesus definitely didn't take the Tube. He got to ride a donkey sometimes but from what I can tell he mostly just walked everywhere.)

Lent is in 2 weeks and this is what I have learned! 

@raphael (Also I am pretty sure Lent starts in 10 days, not 2 weeks, in the Western church. We count from Ash Wednesday, not from the first Sunday in Lent. And then it's either 40 days including Sundays and over when Holy Week starts or 40 days not including Sundays and over at Easter, depending who you ask.)

Lent is in 2 weeks and this is what I have learned! 

@artsyhonker interesting traditions! I thought about what you had said and I'm still not sure on what I would give up irt something not good for me but accessible to do so if I understand right. I will think more about it. Also yes, 10 days, I am bad at counting and math and whatnot plus I wasn't being hyper specific haha 😅

Lent is in 2 weeks and this is what I have learned! 

@raphael I have a bunch of healthcrap that includes chronic pain, and some issues around food, so I also try not to pick anything that will aggravate those.

My flesh is basically self-mortifying without any effort from me. I am going for discipline (as in discipleship, learning). And something that makes me think about Jesus.

Lent is in 2 weeks and this is what I have learned! 

@raphael I also try to pick something that is pretty specific. Like, "being kinder to myself" can be difficult because at the end of the day, hey, did I do this or not? Was it good enough? It's wriggly, which sets me up to fail.

But saying truthfully one kind thing about myself or about another each day, that's a clear concrete thing and it's achievable. Writing down one sermon idea per day, that's clear and achievable.

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