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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.

Happy Lent / Ten sins or fewer

10 sins or fewer alt jpg “Happy Lent” I said to our choir director, “or is that the wrong greeting?”

His response: “I guess that it depends on how many sins you have…” left me wondering: I wonder whether Lent would be happier if you have few or many sins?  On one hand, having many sins would lead me to have a more penitent lent, and having few would leave me with only light penitence.  On the other hand, having many sins forgiven, I would have great gratitude.

 Luke 7:47 (ESV)  Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven—for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little, loves little.”

Read the whole story in Luke 7:36-50       http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+7%3A36+-+50&version=ESV