“Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice
and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke?" - Isaiah 58:6
What Is Lent?
Lent is a Christian observance that spans approximately 40 days (excluding Sundays) and is observed by various denominations including Catholics, Orthodox Christians, and some Protestant groups. It begins on Ash Wednesday and concludes on Holy Saturday, the day before Easter Sunday.
Lent is a period of reflection, repentance, and spiritual preparation for Easter, which commemorates the resurrection of Jesus Christ. During Lent, believers often engage in practices such as prayer, fasting, and almsgiving as a means of self-discipline and spiritual growth. Fasting typically involves abstaining from certain foods or activities as a form of sacrifice and symbolic purification.
The 40-day duration of Lent is symbolic of the 40 days Jesus spent fasting in the wilderness, as described in the Gospels. The color associated with Lent is purple, representing penance and royalty. The season is marked by special liturgical observances, including the Stations of the Cross, which depict Jesus' journey to crucifixion, and the reading of specific Scripture passages that focus on repentance and redemption.
Lent concludes with Holy Week, which includes significant events such as Maundy Thursday (commemorating the Last Supper), Good Friday (observing Jesus' crucifixion), and Holy Saturday (marking the period between Jesus' death and resurrection). Easter Sunday then celebrates the resurrection of Jesus, culminating the Lenten season with joy and hope for believers.
What is the 40 Day Challenge?
The 40 day challenge was created to establish and strengthen our connection with God during the Lent season. Below you will find the guidelines to this challenge.
Pray for at least 10 minutes in the morning
Read 2 Chapters of Scripture each day
Journal/Reflect each day
Give a $40 Love Gift of your choosing ( Church, Charity, Loved One, etc.) on the last day of Lent
This challenge begins on February 14th and ends on March 28th. Feel free to invite your friends and family to join you in this challenge. Be Blessed!