Today is Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. There are those who claim that these too have pagan origins, which is particularly ludicrous. In his ongoing dismantling of the claims that Christian holidays have pagan origins, Pastor Joseph Abrahamson tells about the true origin of Lent, the 40 day fast (not counting the six Sundays, which are feast days) before Easter. See the details after the jump.
Lent always does me good. Resolutions with a limited time frame are easier to keep. The small acts of self-denial and self-discipline are good from me, as are eating less (and healthier) and my custom of reading some heavy-duty theology. (This year: Martin Chemnitz on the Two Natures of Christ.) And observing Lent really does set up a joyous Easter.
I’ve noticed that even many Christians who do not follow the church year all that much are starting to observe Lent.
What about you? What do you do for Lent, if anything? What does it do for you?