Within the season of Lent lies a deep liturgical beckoning to turn. This 40-day journey asks those who believe in Jesus to once again fully embrace the rhythms of life-long learning that are inherent in the transformative call of following Christ. As the authors of the study “People of Remembrance” note, “It is a daily choice to let God’s past faithfulness shape and steer our thoughts, prayers, habits, affections, decisions, and relationships.”Matthew 11:28-29 recounts Jesus teaching the crowds in the town of Galilee. Within this passage, the reader will find the ongoing invitation to bring the substance of their exhausting and overwhelming lives to Jesus and to begin a daily choosing to allow the life and cross of Christ to “shape and steer” the entirety of one’s existence.“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”Jesus is inviting his audience to turn and learn; as he does, he is displaying the very core of his purpose and character. He has come to exchange our heavy burden of sin and purposelessness for his light, easy, and restful yoke of learning who he is and partaking of his gentle humility. His Kingdom Come.Turn and Learn.Often, Lent is associated with a time of fasting and giving up either a detrimental habit or something that one truly enjoys. Any season of intently giving oneself over to the contemplation and meditation of Scripture while also surrendering ourselves to the work of the Holy Spirit is bound to draw us deeper in our love and understanding of God. This is true whether we are participating in a fast or simply wholeheartedly committing to the journey itself, and we find we are walking a Lenten Road in the footsteps of our Savior. As we lean into the lessons of Lent, there are four areas in which we have a genuine opportunity to learn of His humility and gentleness.Remember. Reflect. Relationship. Revive.
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