Six Weeks in the Desert
Lent is a season of preparation. It’s a season where we give up good things so we can focus on better things. It’s not a rote ritual of fasting simply so we can fulfill a religious requirement. It’s an opportunity to give up some things for a season, so we can focus on Jesus and align our hearts with his.
In many ways, Lent can feel like a desert; it can be dry, difficult, and go on forever. Yet, the challenges of Lent can also allow us to experience the joys of Easter anew. As we learn to give up things we often take comfort in, we learn again to put our trust and hope in Jesus.
Below are descriptions of what we will be giving up as a community. You’ll notice it’s a progressive fast where we will add a new thing each week. This is part of the journey. Each week, we will give up something new, decreasing the amount of creature comforts we rely on as we go deeper into the desert-time of Lent. Every weekend, we will break our fast to rest and celebrate the goodness of God in this season. See the image below for a quick overview and to follow along each week!
Prepare. Fast from eating when the sun is up. Once the sun goes down, have a meal.
Alcohol. Let go of your wine, beer, and spirits.
Sweets. Say goodbye to things with added sugar and sugar substitutes.
Meat. Cut meat from your diet.
Caffeine. Put away the coffee, soda, and tea.
Social Media. Do without things like Facebook, Twitter, etc.
TV & Movies. Turn off the screen and dive into the Bible and quality time with others.
Things to Remember
Here are just a few things to keep in mind during the season of Lent.
Put down to Pick-up. Lent is not about suffering aimlessly. As you put down things, make sure to pick up habits that deepen your faith like prayer, bible study, and reflection.
Be Smart. Some fast items can be difficult/dangerous for small children, the elderly, or pregnant and nursing mothers. Make sure to fast in a way that preserves your health.
Follow Your Conscience. Some things we have chosen to give up as a community might not feel like much a sacrifice or may be too burdensome for some reason. It is okay to add or take away as your conscience lead.