Immanuel Lutheran Church
I second what our bishop had to say: "Were not God," "Our fears are not the last word," and "We Belong to God." Wise words for us to remember during Lent and always. Id add to that the Lent is often thought of as a time for giving something up a favorite food or some other thing we enjoy as a reminder of Christs sacrifice for us. If that is helpful for you, do that.
For me, Lent is less about giving something up and more about preparing our hearts to truly celebrate the resurrection. That could take the form of giving something up, but it could also take the form of being more intentional about taking time with God, in prayer, in reading scripture, time alone with God and time with others in worship.
We have a Lenten devotional you are welcome and encouraged to use, if that would be helpful to you. They are available at the back of the sanctuary. I also encourage you to participate in our mid-week Lenten worship services.
In this time pressured society, I have found the most meaningful thing to do during Lent, and really all the time, is to set aside regular time to be with God. Use that time to ask the Holy Spirit to guide you in your life and faith. Use it as a time to deepen your relationship with God.
As you prepare your heart, Easter will be about so much more than chocolate bunnies or colored eggs, it will be a time of truly celebrating Jesus sacrifice and knowing that he gave his life for you. We respond to that great gift by living our whole lives for him. In doing so, we find true joy.
Blessings on your Lenten journey.