Lent officially began on Wednesday, February 25. The season of Lent is the 40 days plus the Sundays before Easter. What does it mean? In some ways it can be seen as a ‘countdown’ Easter. It is a time to get ready. Just like we take time to plan and prepare for big events in our own lives, so we take time in church to prepare our hearts and get ready to remember Jesus’ death and resurrection.
The time of Lent is also a time where we reflect on our own sin. Sin separates us from God. We take special time during Lent to say confess that we have sinned against God. We have sinned in our thoughts, in things we have said and in things we have done. There have been times when we have not loved God with all of our heart and there have been times when we have not loved our neighbour as ourselves. We take time to say sorry to God and we are thankful that he is full of compassion and slow to anger. We remind ourselves and each other that there is always forgiveness with God. As it reminds us in 1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”