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February 2018 - The Way of Lent
This month we, the Church of Christ, enter the season of Lent. Lent is a solemn religious observance in the Christian year that begins this year on Ash Wednesday (14th February) and ends approximately six weeks later, on Easter Eve (31st March). The purpose of Lent is the preparation of the believer through prayer, doing penance, mortifying the flesh, repentance of sins, almsgiving, and self-denial.
The way most people observe this period is by giving up something to draw closer to the meaning of Christ’s sacrifice. But a thought occurred to me. How do people, who need the support of food banks, enter into this salvation? They will certainly pray that they can keep body and soul together in their poor estate.
As to the rest, abstinence, repenting, and self-denial; they are already well acquainted with this. I recently went to a food bank to give an offering of food given to me and was met by a youngish lady coming out of the food bank with her food. The look on her face was that of relief, and I interpreted it as an appreciation of what others were doing for her. Wouldn’t it be better if, instead of giving up some luxury, which we could well do without anyway, we actually purchased food or something each day during Lent and beyond and offer it to our local food bank, as our way of drawing closer to Christ’s sacrifice? For Jesus said, “In that you did it for them, you did it for me”.
Be blessed this Lent in your generosity.
York Foodbank office,
The Gateway Centre,
Phone: 07871 610 894
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