I have been a Pentecostal virtually my entire life. I’m not sure whether this is a Pente-thing, or whether it is just human nature, but I tend to think that Pentecostals have greater revelation than my Christian brothers and sisters. I have never taken much notice of the traditions and observances of other denominations. I have always viewed their ceremonies as mere religion, where we Pentecostals are free from all that.
Recently I had a change of heart. I have come to realise that there is a wider body than my personal faction. And this wider body has a lot to offer. At the end of the day, rituals and remembrances began out of revelation and a heart set to worship God.
So this year, for the first time in my life, I am celebrating Lent. Yes, Lent. In my uneducated, Pentecostal shell, my only knowledge of Lent was that you eat fish every Friday leading into Easter. Ignorant and simple minded Pentecostal, I am. Or was.
I have discovered that Lent is much more than rigorous fasting and somber martyrdom. It is forty days of preparing myself to rejoice at the resurrection of Jesus Christ at Easter. Why wouldn’t I want to be part of that?
Here is what Jessica Wolstenholm of Grace for Moms said:
So what if we focused more on the significance of the Easter season rather than the day of celebration? What if we prepared our hearts just as Jesus prepared himself? I’ve been thinking. . .let’s experiment. Let’s introduce Lent to our children by being intentional for 40 days – and journey together, as a family toward the cross. I am asking you to pray about joining me.
And with that challenge, I have decided to celebrate Lent with my family. We are eating more chocolate and hot cross buns. We are reading books about Easter. We are spending forty days being more aware of the Cross and the resurrection.
We Pentecostals love a good party and a bit of noise. I’m surprised we haven’t started sooner!