After a difficult year, the idea of observing Lent may feel overwhelming. However, a look at Matthew 3 and 4 can help us see how Lent might be exactly what our souls need most this year.
The Lord’s Prayer is a template for one of the most significant things we do as Christians: praying. When we pray, we acknowledge our total dependence on God as our heavenly Father, our thanksgiving to God, and our call to love and serve God in all the areas of our lives.
Christians often put an optimistic spin on the difficult seasons of our lives and struggle with admitting when we’re having a blue Christmas. The best way to deal with the Christmas blues is to accept them, to give ourselves permission to feel your emotions, and to allow the healing presence of God and his church to meet you in your pain.
The Christmas season can be strained by busyness, relational strife, fiscal limitation, loneliness, and the pain of loss and grief. But we can find hope at Christmas in the assurance that, no matter what darkness we are struggling with, the light of Jesus Christ cannot be overcome.