100 Words – First Sunday in Lent: “Lent”

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By Peter Oliver, Olive Branch Marriage and Family Ministry

After Jesus was baptized, the Spirit drove him out into the wilderness.  He was in the wilderness for forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts; and the Angels waited on him. Mark  1:12-13

Hurray, Lent’s arrived! Sounds like, hurray I’m getting a root canal!

Or… do we misunderstand the meaning of Lent?

The word’s an ancient term for spring – a time of preparing the earth for planting.  It’s a restart-time, a driven-into-the-desert and being-cared-for-by-angels time.

People experiencing the Lent of separation and divorce can teach us about this season.

Like Jesus, they’re driven into the desert (a time of great uncertainty, reliance on others, fearsome trials). Like Jesus, they battle dark forces (shaming, shunning).  Like Jesus, their courage challenges us: face the desert in your life, believe the good news of God’s mercy.

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[This is a weekly blog re-published from www.olivebranchministry.ca with permission from author Peter Oliver. Each post is exactly 100 words.]