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Prepare your Heart

Every year at this time, Christ followers around the world participate in the season of Lent, the 40 days leading up to Resurrection Sunday.  This season is marked by repentance and fasting.  I often hear the question, “what are you giving up for Lent this year?” And while this question isn’t a bad one, (I’ve often asked it myself), I think a better question might be “How are you preparing your heart to celebrate the resurrection of our Savior?” You see, the fasting and feasting of the Lenten season serves the purpose of reminding us that we do indeed need a Savior. Each time we say no to whatever it is that we choose to give up, we are saying that our heart’s affection belongs to someone greater. And when we fail and forget and fall and falter and say yes instead of no, we are reminded of our frailty, our tendency to seek comfort in the things of this world rather than the One who gives true comfort. And it is in those moments of failing that we are reminded once again just how much we need a Savior.  We are reminded that we need grace every day, even for the smallest things.  And so we turn again to Jesus and we remember his great love for us because . . . “while we were still lost in our sin, Christ died to redeem us” Because where I fail, he succeeds, every time. And so I fall on His grace, finding once again his outstretched arms ready to receive me. So I ask you, how will you prepare your heart this Lenten season?