Craig and I began blogging about the same time in the fall of 2010. We both read Ann Voskamp and named our years last year at Ann’s suggestion. He named his 2011 “Connect” and I named mine “Now”. Both of us had many experiences as we changed our patterns of being which came about by changing our focus. I memorized the book of Colossians. He memorized Philippians. I am married with 3 muttlies. He is single with one love kitty. A month ago Craig said he had 80 devotionals in his closet and he would send one to anyone who wanted one. It was a booklet on love.
I just got my Love devotional yesterday. It arrived in perfect time as an introduction to Lent. This year Ash Wednesday is February 22. Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent and we here in the Blanchard household will be ready to begin, having read 3 weeks of the Love devotional ahead of time. On February 22 we will place Caleb Voskamp’s wooden carving of Christ carrying the cross beside the Cradle to Cross extension to begin our journey to Easter. Thank you, Craig! Thank you, Caleb! Thank you, Jesus!
There are 40 holes in my cradle to cross wreath and there are 47 days between Ash Wednesday and Easter, so…won’t Jesus get to Easter too soon? The archives page of my own denomination, the United Methodist Church, answered my question.
Lent is a time of repentance, fasting and preparation for the coming of Easter. It is a time of self-examination and reflection. In the early church, Lent was a time to prepare new converts for baptism. Today, Christians focus on their relationship with God, often choosing to give up something or volunteering and giving of themselves for others. The forty days represents the time Jesus spent in the wilderness, enduring the temptation of Satan. Sundays in Lent are not counted in the forty days because each Sunday represents a “mini-Easter” celebration of Jesus’ victory over sin and death. http://archives.umc.org/interior.asp?ptid=1&mid=2870
So then, I will be celebrating 6 mini-Easters before the big Easter celebration. I must think about this and see what I want to do for each wonderful mini-Easter. To get warmed up I went to Hungary to watch (probably for the 40th time) their Great Resurrection Day celebration 2010. Amazing!
Preparing for His coming,