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The Season of Lent

by Robin Nobles

The season of Lent is the 40 days prior to Easter Sunday, and it actually begins on Ash Wednesday, the day following Mardi Gras, or "Fat" Tuesday.

Lent is a season of repentance, for reflection, and for taking stock of the direction of our lives. Lent originated in the earliest days of the Church as a time to prepare for Easter, when the faithful rededicated themselves to God, and when converts were instructed in the faith and prepared for baptism. By observing the 40 days of Lent, Christians imitate Jesus' withdrawal into the wilderness for 40 days.

Our first link this week is a link to the site of a very special lady in the Hattiesburg community, Dean Meador Smith. Dean's second book on Lent is titled, The Lenten Tree, which offers daily devotions during the 40 days of Lent. These devotions center around 41 symbols, which represent areas of Jesus Christ and his life.

Order her book from this site, and let the reading of the book become a yearly ritual in your home.

Read an excellent article titled, "The Holy Season of Lent," which discusses the history of Lent and fasting, and the significance of the 40 days. The Apostles instituted the season
of Lent from the very beginning of the Church by legislating a universal fast for the followers of Christ to serve as a spiritual preparation for Our Lord's Resurrection from the dead.

Lent begins with Ash Wednesday, but what does Ash Wednesday mean? The sprinkling of ashes on one's body, and dressing in sackcloth, is an outward show of inner repentance or mourning. Probably the earliest occurrence is found in the book of Job. >The Lent and Easter Page offers facts about Lent, giving up something for Lent, Martin Luther's Easter Sermons, and more.

The United Methodist Church posts a listing of Lenten resources, including a weekly study guide to Lent, a worship guide, daily devotional pages, and choral readings of the Easter story.

Finally, for Lenten resources for children and families, visit Resources: Lent. Learn a jelly bean prayer, or an egg decorating story telling activity. Or, learn how to make a Lenten cross out of modeling clay.

Robin Nobles is a professional freelance writer and the Director of Training of the Academy of Web Specialists, where she has trained several thousand people in her online courses in search
engine marketing strategies.

http://www.academywebspecialists.com/more_info She also teaches onsite search engine marketing workshops with John Alexander (http://www.searchengineworkshops.com), and she has written three books that can be ordered through Amazon. Or, visit Robin's personal Web site at http://www.robinsnest.com.

Lenten article copyright 2002 © Robin Nobles. All rights reserved

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