Lent is a 40 day season in the liturgical calendar leading up to Easter. We are in that season now. Often it is a time of prayer and fasting in true heart preparation for Easter. The fasting can be a putting away of anything–anything that might serve as a distraction from full devotion to the Lord.
I took this picture near Assisi, Italy. I doubt in recent times many people have ever seen this grave stone. It was simply standing alone in a field next to this beautiful Iris. This was spring a year ago–during the lenten season. It struck me that day that this setting was a good metaphor for the meaning of Easter–new life springing from the grave.
(1)Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, (2)and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you— unless you believed in vain. (3)For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, (4)that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, (5)and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. (6)Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. (7)Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. (8)Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me. (1 Corinthians 15:1-8)
(14)And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain.
(1 Corinthians 15:14)
Let’s prepare our hearts for the Risen King!