Lent in the Christian faith

Christians may give up foods or habits during Lent as a form of fasting; some may find other ways to observe the season

man standing in front of a cross with one arm raised

Lent is the season of the Christian church year from Ash Wednesday to Easter.

To observe Lent some people commit to fasting from certain foods or drink, or giving up certain pleasurable activities or habits during the 40 days before Easter.

Some people choose to do something-a service to others, a meditative or spiritual activity, a repetitive action to remind them of the season.

In this article, Scott Hubbard explains how Protestants first rejected, but now embrace Lent and offers resources on observing Lent in a new way.


Consider the days ahead as an opportunity — as one more path you might walk to focus your scattered attention, warm your heart’s affections, and meet the risen Jesus afresh.

Scott Hubbard
to the cross that the christian is challenged to follow his master. quote Hans Urs Von Balthasar
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Hans Urs von Balthasar, (1905-1988),

Swiss Roman Catholic theologian and author

40 days of decrease

a different kind of hunger; a different kind of fast

A few years ago I used this devotional from Alicia Britt Chole ; you may enjoy it too. Here is an affiliate link to the paperback or Kindle versions.

sharing the HEART of health

Dr Aletha

FAITH HOPE LOVE in block letters
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If we want to make the most of this annual opportunity, we’ll do more than just give something up. We’ll silence ourselves before the Sovereign who became a servant. We’ll fasten our eyes upon him as he teaches and heals and smiles and weeps — the only upright man in a world of cracked and curved impostors

Scott Hubbard

Author: Aletha Cress Oglesby, M.D.

As a family physician, I explore the HEART of HEALTH in my work, recreation, community, and through writing. My blog, Watercress Words, informs and inspires us to live in health. I believe we can turn our health challenges into healthy opportunities. When we do, we can share the HEART of health with our families, communities, and the world. Come explore and share with me.

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