Today is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the spiritual season leading to Easter known as Lent. Traditionally, many believers fast, or “give up” something for Lent – such as watching television – as an act of discipline in surrender to God. In the past couple of years more people are “fasting” from FaceBook, or Twitter, or blogging. It’s all a matter of your spiritual intent and focus. We give up something to be be filled with more of God.
Eastside – the church where I serve – is studying a Lent series that we started this past weekend called “40 Days of Surrender.” Since the 40 days of Lent is modeled after the 40 days Jesus spent in the desert, we began with fasting, and in the next six weeks will study solitude, temptation, the ministry of angels, desert experiences, the Spirit, and surrender. We started the series with an “Ash Wednesday” service, marking the symbol of the cross on foreheads at every service over the weekend. It was a very sacred and moving experience. It’s good to be reminded that we are only dust.
These pictures are of the panels a volunteer created for our stage for this series. We’re looking forward to seeing what God will do in our church as people pursue God in surrender and engage in these spiritual disciplines over the next few weeks.