Lent 2012: Day One

Matthew 6:21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

In the past during Lent I’ve taken it to be a period to show myself and God that I wasn’t attached to material objects.

But with Lent 2012 arriving I wondered, what now? I’d grown to hope that there was more to this Lent business than calories (I’m thin so it’s not like I need to throw out the salad).

So I looked more at why we have the Lenten period, and at the Biblical passages that describe Jesus’ 40 day journey into wilderness. I thought about the recorded words of Jesus, and the traditional purpose of Lent as “the penitential preparation of the believer through prayer, penance, repentance, almsgiving, and self-denial.” And from that I came up with something right for me. And something that I’m not going to write about, because as the earlier verses in Matthew’s sixth chapter record, it should be something between the believer and God, rather than the believer and anyone who will listen. I challenge you to try the same! Do something personal for God and/or God’s children, you don’t need to tell other people.

So here we go, day one. Alongside my personal Lenten ‘thing’, I’ll be blogging each day with a favourite Bible verse from the Lectionary.

Matthew 6:21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

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