This is the Season of Lent. This Season brings us many opportunities to examine our lives in light of Scriptures. On these next five weeks we will draw out the implications of the ministry of our Lord, especially as he nears the cross. What does a life of self-denial, trials, and repentance look like? What does the cross mean for us and the world? What kind of ammunition do we need to battle evil? These are some of the questions we will consider in the weeks ahead.
As we enter this Lenten Season “we will be more thoroughly equipped to fight sin when we remember that it is never ultimately satisfying.” As Marva Dawn writes concerning sin: “Always its pleasure will turn to dust in our mouths.” In C.S. Lewis The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, Edmund eats and eats of the White Witch’s Turkish Delight, a candy he continues to long for, though soon after eating it he becomes very ill. The poet David says, “Let me not eat of their delicacies.” The Season of Lent is a call to eat of God’s table, and to turn away all worldly delicacies. Let us begin this task as we worship our great God.
Prayer: Most Gracious God, cause our souls to be satisfied with the rich food of your table, and our mouths will praise you with joyful lips, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
 Marva Dawn, I am Lonely Lord—How Long? 162