Lent has traditionally been a time of self-denial.  It is a reminder to us of Israel’s time in the wilderness, as well as our Lord’s time in the wilderness when He fasted 40 days and was tempted by the Devil.  As you walk through this season of Lent, know that the One who walked before us in His test is the very same One who walks with us in our test.  Whatever you choose to deny yourself, do it as a fast unto the Lord.

(Devotionals will follow the Lenten theme as we make our journey toward Holy Week and Easter Sunday.)

“Blow a trumpet in Zion, Consecrate a fast, proclaim a solemn assembly, Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, Assemble the elders, Gather the children and the nursing infants. Let the bridegroom come out of his room And the bride out of her bridal chamber. Let the priests, the Lord’s ministers, Weep between the porch and the altar, And let them say, “Spare Your people, O Lord…” Joel 2:15-17a (NASB)