Why do we “give up” something for Lent? The most compelling reason is that Lent should be a time of reflection and repentance. Giving up something is a very small way for us to contemplate just what Jesus gave up for you and for me. I would encourage you to take this time we call Lent as a time to reflect on where you are spiritually. I also would encourage you to understand that at the end of lent we come face-to-face with the cross of Jesus!
With that said, today we live in a world that at times can seem hopeless. At some time I am sure we may wonder if God hears our prayers at all! But I can assure you that God does hear every prayer that is said. Because of the cross and the empty tomb of Easter morning, you and I have hope that cannot be defeated. Jesus came as God in the flesh with one purpose in mind and that was to bring peace and hope to a world in desperate need of both.
In the emptiness of the Easter morning tomb, we find peace. Certainly there is no peace in many of our lives, at least not the kind of peace we can enjoy right here right now. But the peace Jesus brought was a peace that assures everyone who proclaims “Jesus as lord of their life,” will have eternal life in heaven with God, Jesus and all those Christians who have gone before. That peace brings us hope but we must trust in God’s words and promises. We also must obey God’s commandments!
Now, as we continue this journey through Lent, walk with hope and peace knowing that God is always faithful to us; all we need to do is be more faithful to God! Amen.