I grew up up in South Louisiana where we would let the good times roll until the day before Ash Wednesday (known as "Mardi Gras" or "Shrove Tuesday"). At midnight on Ash Wednesday, all the celebrations would cease and people would start the season of Lent. But, until then, we partied until right before we had to repent.
That's not how it goes in the Christian Church. Ash Wednesday is not a day in which we buckle down and start repentance and faith. The Church has traditionally paused for a period of three weeks before Ash Wednesday to start preparing for the season of Lent.
This year, Higher Things is very excited to provide daily Gospel Reflections written by the Reverend Grant A. Knepper for the season of Pre-Lent. Pastor Knepper is the Director of Congregational Support at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, IN.
May the Lord the fill your Lenten preparation with His Words and promises.
Rev. George F. Borghardt III
Internet Service Executive
Higher Things, Inc.