The season of Lent is a time for solemn reflection, prayer, and repentance, leading up to Holy Week, when Jesus returned to Jerusalem, was crucified, buried, and resurrected. We enter into the season of Lent this Ash Wednesday, many of us wearing ashes on our foreheads, reminding us that it is from dust that we came, and to dust we will return. During this season, it is appropriate for us to reflect on ourselves and our world, both of which are broken and in need of repentance. As we do so, we pray with hopeful anticipation for peace and justice.
Many Christians around the world will observe this season through fasting, whether in the traditional sense from food, or in more creative means. Others will take on a new practice, whether intentional reading of Scripture, or acts of service. However you choose to observe this season, over the next forty days, Churches for Middle East Peace invites you to join with us in prayer for the peace of Jerusalem.
Each Sunday this Lenten season we will examine the city’s deep meaning for the people who call it holy. We invite you to journey with us as we set aside preconceived notions and assumptions, and enter into this season of repentance, reflection, and prayer.