Lent, 40 days, meditation and repentance

English: Ashes imposed on the forehead of a Ch...
Ashes imposed on the forehead of a Christian on Ash Wednesday. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

For several Christians Lent, East and West, begins with a supposition. They may feel they are broken beings in need of forgiveness. Whether it’s the eponymous ashes of ash Wednesday or the forsaking of meat, dairy, and everything else worth eating practised by others, the Lenten Season for them is intended to enjoin repentance among them. But repentance is something which has to come from deep in the heart. And repentance presupposes a need for forgiveness, for healing; in a word, it presupposes brokenness.

People want to go inward, to the very core of the cells of their body, where the complexity is so great, so unequalled, that their human brains are incapable of understanding that, either. For 40 days some people try to find time to think about life. They also want to go for transcendence. It starts with a recognition that we are whatever else we are – limited or non-eternal beings or eternal beings. There is something that is about us that goes beyond the material world. That we’re more than just the sum of our bodies.  Originally the Catholic Church had installed lent for that reason.

With 6 & 7Adar, last weekend, we may remember Moses having written down the Law, or Torah. It is that Mosaic Law that should have to think about. That Law is what we should have to think about.

Naked we are all born, without having done faults. Naked we shall die having done many faults probably. The price of those wrongdoings or sins is death. No other payment shall be required. Once we die, we shall deteriorate and the decay shall bring us to become dust.

The Bible is also clear, that man has to make it whilst he lives. Once he dies it is too late to change anything or to make other choices. God’s Word the Bible shows mankind which way to choose. In the Word of God, the Bible we can find the Law or Torah, plus guidance and answers to many questions.



Decomposition, decay – vergaan, afsterven, ontbinding



Published by Marcus Ampe

Retired dancer, choreographer, choreologist Founder of the Dance impresario office and archive: Danscontact-Dansarchief plus the Association for Bible scholars, the Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" and "From Guestwriters" and creator of the site "Messiah for all". - Gepensioneerd danser, choreograaf, choreoloog. Stichter van Danscontact-Dansarchief plus van de Vereniging voor Bijbelvorsers, de Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" en "From Guestwriters" en maker van de site "Messiah for all".

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