She Reads Truth
“It is finished.”
The God of creation is the God who created you, who sought you like the shepherd seeks out the one lost lamb, and who rescued you from the prison of sin and self.
Lent is a time to stop your running—to see the Shepherd running to meet you, to embrace you like the loving father embraced his prodigal son.
Lent is a time to look long at your sin, but look longer at the Savior and the cross where He marked all your sin-debt paid.
Lent is a time to embrace grace, to say ten thank yous for every I’m sorry. It is a time to walk with Christ to His cross, to lean in and listen hard to His words and actions as He does for us what we could never do—reconciles us to God for now, forever, for good.
The season of Lent 2016 begins tomorrow, Wednesday, February 10. We invite you to join us for this especially rich season of repentance and remembrance.
The Lent 2016 Scripture reading plan spans 47 days and builds to the climax of Resurrection Sunday with five separate but connected sections:
1. A brief history lesson of the traditions of Ash Wednesday and Lent on the Church calendar
2. An examination of biblical repentance, fasting, and prayer
3. A walk through the book of Jonah, which illustrates God’s salvation and mercy in each of these three things
4. A look at the person of Christ, as demonstrated by Jesus’ “I AM” statements in the Gospel of John
5. A real-time walk through the work of Christ during Holy Week, from His triumphal entry into Jerusalem to His once-for-all victory over the grave
As always, the reading plan focuses intentionally on Scripture itself—on God’s Words instead of ours. Each day will begin with a Scripture reading assignment, followed by an optional written response. We love connecting with you on the site and app via the written responses, and we especially love seeing you connect with and learn from each other. But God’s Word is living and active, and we believe the Holy Spirit is ultimately all we need to read and respond to Scripture. We trust He will meet you every day as you open His Word.
The online Lent reading plan begins Ash Wednesday, February 10, and continues through Easter Sunday, March 27. You may also enjoy following the #SRTlent hashtag to connect with and learn from other “Shes” who are in the Word of God every day, during Lent and beyond.
May God turn your heart toward Him during this Lenten season. We are reading with you and praying for you!
Grace and Peace,
Amanda, Raechel, & the She Reads Truth team
Easter Sunday is March 27th.
- *Moses stayed on the Mount Sinai forty days (Ex 24:18),
- Jonah gives the people of Ninevah forty days to repent (Jon 3:4) – (there are many other Old Testament stories)
- *Jesus, before starting his ministry, spent 40 days in the desert in prayer and fasting (Matt 4:2).
So, as in the Bible, we spend 40 days in preparing ourselves to rejoice at the Resurrection of our Lord at Easter.
- “I turned to the Lord God, pleading in earnest prayer, with fasting, sackcloth and ashes” (Dan 9:3)
- Other verses include: 1 Sam 4:12, Jon 3:6, Esther 4:1 and Matt 11:20-21
Today, ashes are still this same sign of repentance and mourning for our sins. They also represent our mortality. “I am nothing but dust and ashes” (Gen. 18:27). We started as nothing and our bodies will become dust and ashes after our death. Reminding ourselves that nobody escapes physical death, we look forward to eternal life.
- “When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show men they are fasting. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full.” (Matt 6: 16)
- “and then as a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple, but worshiped night and day with fasting and prayer.” (Luke 2:37)
- Fasting also helps focus us in our prayer. *Yet when they were ill, I…humbled myself with fasting.” (Psalm 35:13)
Why abstain from meat?
All the information about Lent is from Aggie Catholics. See the original post by clicking HERE.