Weekly Student Devotional for the Season of Lent
The Christian season of Lent begins this year on Wednesday, March 1st, and continues until Sunday, April 18th. Lent begins with Ash Wednesday, a holy day during which Christians are meant to reflect on their own limitations and mortality and remember their need for God. During the 40 days of Lent, Christians are called to reflect on their life of faith and their dependence on God for life, forgiveness, and salvation. Easter marks the end of Lent and the beginning of a season of celebrating the resurrection of Jesus and the hope of new life.
Student Devotional for the first week of Lent
2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10
“For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”
This sentence is referring to Jesus and the idea that he came to earth to take on sin in order for us to be brought back to God, or to use a church word, “reconciled.” Whatever your thoughts on Jesus are, I think that we can think about this verse in regards to the people in our lives who sacrifice themselves in some way because of their love for us.
It reminds me of my mother. When I was in middle school and high school, I would go to conferences with the youth group at whatever church we were attending at the time. I had a great time and always looked forward to going on them. They were, however, sometimes more than we could afford. The summer after 7th grade, my family was going to move from our lifetime home in Indiana to Florida. My mother thought we would have already moved to Florida by the time of the conference and that I wouldn’t be able to attend with my Indiana church group.
I remember vividly: about a week before the conference I was still under the impression that I was going to be going. She brought me into her room, had me sit down, and told me that she hadn’t bought me a ticket for the conference. She told me she expected us to have moved at that point, and we didn’t have the money to spare. I was a little let down, but forgot immediately about my disappointment because my mother started crying. She knew how much this trip meant to me and she wasn’t able to give it to me, no matter how much she wanted to. I couldn’t be upset because she had already tried so hard to get us ready to move across the country and she was the one crying about me not being able to go to the conference.
This story illustrates to me how much my mother has sacrificed for me. She is so devoted to my siblings and myself that she ended up caring about me going to the conference even more than I did. I think that Lent affords us an opportunity to remember and appreciate those who give themselves wholly to us. It allows us a time to recognize those who sacrifice their time, money, and energy for us.
Submitted by Eli Brooks, Class of 2018