The word “lent” isn’t in the Bible, but the concept is. The word itself comes from the Old English and German words for “spring” and “long.” During the 40 or so days from Ash Wednesday to Easter, the days grow longer as we enter into spring. We begin in the darkness of winter and arrive in the brightness of spring. This is what Lent is all about: following Jesus into the hope and beauty of the resurrection. I think that rings truer than ever this year.

I’m sure many of you, like myself, are feeling like you’ve been living in an extended period of darkness.

Even if you’re not familiar with Lent, you can probably agree that Easter is essential to the life of Jesus’ followers. It’s the day He came back to life! And because Christ invites
His followers to not just hear about the resurrection, but to participate in it, I am inviting students, parents, and really anyone to join me in intentionally aligning our hearts to prepare for his returning.

Do you need a resurrection in your life? Is the stress overwhelming? Are the temptations crippling? Are relationships crumbling around you?

I believe the answer to our struggle is Jesus on the cross and Jesus on the throne. Spring is coming. Easter is coming. Resurrection is coming.