March 13, 2014

Sweet Justice

I was raised in the Presbyterian church, so Lent was not an integral part of my early life.  At 28 years old, I've never given up chocolate or diet coke on the 40 days leading up to Easter.  However, I appreciate hearing others' stories involving self sacrifice and it certainly reminds me to take the time to ponder this special time of year.  After all, we spend at least 30 days preparing for and celebrating the Christmas season.  For Christians, Easter is an even more exciting time--the resurrection signifies not only the forgiveness of sins, but also the infinite power of God--death could not hold Him.

I want to spend this season gathering truths that remind me of the grace that is showered so freely on me.  To paraphrase my pastor this past Sunday, forgiveness is now a matter of justice because of what Jesus did on the cross. Let those words percolate your mind and heart.  In those moments where it seems like our sin is too much to be forgiven, may we be reminded that because of Jesus' sacrifice it would be unjust of God not to forgive us.  And being unjust is not in God's nature.  And for that sweet justice, I am thankful.

I want to know: do you give up anything for Lent?  
Do you have any special traditions during this season of the year?

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