LENT BEGINS

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    What is Lent?  Why do we even celebrate this, placing ash on our forehead and fasting from specific things?  I do think there are some benefits for this sacred period of time, namely reflection upon the most glorious event in human history- God dying for us.  For this period of Lent, I will use the lyrics to the incredible hymn My Eternal King as a backdrop for reflection upon Christ’s death.  I will take each paragraph and explore the meaning, inviting your thoughts of course.

    As a preface, we should participate in Lent not out of superstition or thoughtless ritual.  Lent ought to be a time of contemplative thought upon Christ and His salvific mercy.  How he bore the sin of the world.  How He bore disgrace for me.  For us.

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    My God, I love You;
    Not because I hope for heaven thereby,
    Nor yet because who know You not
    must die eternally.

    O my Jesus,
    You embraced me upon the cross.
    For me did bear the nails, and spear;
    and manifold disgrace;

    Why, then why,
    O blessed Jesus Christ,
    Should I not love You well?
    Not for the hope of winning heaven,
    or of escaping hell;
    Not with the hope of something gained,
    Not seeking a reward;
    But as You have loved me,
    O ever loving Lord!

    E’en so I love You, and will love,
    and in Your praise will sing;
    Solely because You are my God,
    and my Eternal King.

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    Lyrics from My Eternal King by Jane Marshall

    Video of this song can be found here.