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Taking Things Up For Lent

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Dear Friends: The following article is from the Ogdensburg Ministerial Association. We hope you find it uplifting and informative. Today’s article is titled “Taking Things Up For Lent.”

By THE REV. DAVID C. PIATT

Pastor

First United Methodist Church

We are in the midst of the season the Church calls Lent. Nevermind the word. It is a time when, traditionally, we give something up. Usually, it is some food item, such as desserts. Often, it means fish on Fridays, rather than red meat.

I personally think that giving something up for Lent is short-sighted. Let’s look a little further down the road. Let’s take up something for Lent. Let’s commit some time and energy to making a real difference in our lives and in our city.

Lent, after all, is about finding ways to get closer to God. As we do so, inevitably we leave something else behind. So get closer to God by getting closer to your neighbor. Jesus’s Great Commandment was to love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength; and to love our neighbor as ourselves. When we do this, giving up takes place naturally. We give up thinking of our own situation. We give up concentrating on our own needs. We give up our rights to be treated well when we treat others with respect and dignity.

So take on something new! Take on an intentional act of kindness toward someone else. Take on purposeful prayer for the city and her people. As you turn toward God and godly things, you’ll discover you’re carrying a lighter load. You’ll discover a freshness in your relationship with God and your neighbors. You’ll discover that you’ve given things up for Lent without even trying!

Can’t wait ‘til Easter!

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