I didn’t celebrate Lent until I got to seminary, mostly because I didn’t know what it was or what it symbolized. Julie Clawson beautifully describes what Lent should be in her latest post at her blog, onehandclapping. She says,
But Lent isn’t about denial, it is about transformation. It is the season in which we prepare to encounter Christ’s sacrifice by endeavoring to become more Christ like ourselves. Transformation is about letting ourselves be filled with God’s presence so that we can be shaped by God’s grace. Our acts of kenosis – denying ourselves in order to empty ourselves enough to allow God to fill us – are means to an end. They are disciplines that prepare us to be transformed. We deny ourselves so that we can be reborn as new creations – to live more fully as the Kingdom citizens God desires us to be.
I’d encourage you to check out the rest of this post and consider following her lead during this important season.