This Lent Devotional for Women is going to start with a confession. Sometimes, Ash Wednesday sneaks up on me. Ok, most of the time. I observe Ash Wednesday, kind of skip through Thursday, abstain from meat on Friday, skip through Saturday, and then the First Sunday of Lent kind of blindsides me. Lent isn’t really clarified for me until that Sunday evening. Usually by the time I go to bed that First Sunday in Lent, I know what I’m giving up.
But according to Fr. John Hardon, Lent isn’t just a season of giving something up. Could have fooled me, right? How many people ask you what you’re doing extra during Lent? Not many. It’s all about the giving up–chocolate, coffee, our pillow, television, music in the car, etc. In this Lent Devotional for Women, I’m not going to ask you what you’re giving up because one, it’s none of my business and two, I’m going to challenge to do more. In the words of Fr. Hardon, “During this season, the faithful are to grow in their love of Jesus Crucified.”
That’s what I want for you, for us. I want us to come out of this Lent Devotional for Women more in love with Jesus. And, more aware of His love for us. Look, I could care less if you go right back to your morning coffee, your afternoon candy bar, or your weekend Netflix binge sessions.
So how do we go about gaining a greater love and appreciation for Jesus? First, we repent and to repent means to trust in God’s kindness, “Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance?“ We tell Jesus we’re sorry for ever having offended Him. And then…we allow Him to forgive us. Yes, “allow.”
And just like the Prodigal son, God comes to us. His mercy and kindness are so great, He doesn’t leave us alone on what may feel like this long walk of shame. He runs to greet us, showers us with His love and fills us with His abundance; the best of all He has to give. Simply because we turned towards Him. So now I’m asking,
I came back in to edit this post because I had the thought many of us are afraid to come to God the Father broken, bruised, wounded. We’re afraid because maybe we’ve come to our earthly father in that state and things didn’t work out so well. But let me tell you this and please with everything in you understand me, your earthly father is weak, sinful, and selfish…even if he’s the best man of the bunch. God, your heavenly Father, is perfectly forgiving, perfectly loving, and eternally loving. Do not be afraid to go to Him.