Two forces at work: the darkness of evil seeking to have us hold onto hurts, and the grace of God drawing us through pain into joy.
Such is the movement of Lent. The word “Lent” is the ancient Anglo-Saxon word word for “Springtime.” The word “length” is closely related, as daylight lengthens each day.
Do as Jesus did: have a backup of Scripture verses to block dark suggestions and temptations. Jesus knows the contrast of patience–waiting in the wilderness–and the energy of His passion for the Kingdom, prelude to the Passion and the cross.
This is the First Sunday in Lent.
For a calendar of this church year, click “Seasons of Grace 2020” For ways to interpret the church year according to The Bible Through the Seasons, visit the menu item “Seasons of Grace: Liturgical Calendar”.