By Travis Lauterbach

Yesterday many Christians began observing the season of Lent.

Lent is an Old English word that means “spring.”

Because springtime almost always occurs at some point during the season of Lent as the days get longer, the two began to be associated together.

Lent is a special time devoted to solemn reflection and repentance on individual sinfulness and its effects on creation.

Therefore, this is an excellent time to journey with Jesus all the way to Good Friday, when the Lord gave up His own life in sacrifice on the cross for the sins of the whole world.

John the Baptist gave Jesus the special designation “Lamb of God” (John 1:29). For Lambs were sacrificed to God and Jesus offered Himself as the perfect final sacrifice.

While Lent is a time of repentance over sin and reflection on the death of Jesus, it’s by no means a hopeless time of despair.

Lent is preparation for Good Friday and Easter.

It aids people in understanding the significance of what Jesus accomplished.

Then the glory and power of His death that defeated death and His resurrection victory that opened the kingdom of heaven may be received with great joy, comfort, and peace.

Lent is a good opportunity for individuals to remember that they’re not the center of the universe.

A bit of restraint, self-control, sacrifice, or as people often say “giving something up for Lent” can be an appropriate option.

I also encourage people to “add something in” to their Lenten observance, particularly by finding a way to be in God’s Word.

In so doing, many have been richly blessed.

Several churches offer extra Lenten services- these are marvelous opportunities to receive more of God’s gifts, pray, and sing His praise.

There are also special Lenten devotions, poetry, and Bible reading plans available.

People may also do service projects or give to others in need.

Over the years, I’ve come across a number of ways people may observe Lent.

Travis Lauterbach is the pastor of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church located in the Falcon Ridge Business Park in Mesquite, NV.