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The good Lent

So, having a good Lent? Well, not so much, really

Is it ok to do poorly at lent?

What happens if we get to the end of Lent, having successfully mortified the flesh and worthily lamented our sins? Is it ok to fail at Lent. Can I fail at Lent without falling?

One danger that I see is the possibility of completing a successful Lenten observance and feeling that I have earned a prize, – that I am in some way ‘worthy’. Self righteousness is a huge danger. The fact that I survived for x number of days – well that is grace. Any attempt or leaning towards godliness is the work of Holy Spirit (sure, I am involved in obedience, and even in some weird way, in grace). If I struggle with sin, or are troubled with my weaknesses, grace again.

So, having a good lent? Aware of your imperfections, failings? Longing to do better, or longing to long to do better?

Are you a person who needs a saviour, The Saviour?

Good Lent to you! And may God have mercy on us all.

From the bulletin for the Ash Wednesday service: Lent Prose

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Our choir sings “Lent Prose” at services throughout Lent.  The music is beautiful; the words, a wonderful prayer.

We ask God to do what he loves to do: have mercy on us when we stop deceiving ourselves about sin and turn to him for mercy.