Happy Valentine's Day, Happy Lent

Is it proper to wish someone Happy Lent? For the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview, I’m John Stonestreet with The Point.

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My 7 year old daughter made me a card this week. It said, Dear Daddy, Happy Valentines Day. I love you. You’re the best dad ever. Love Abigail.  P.S. Happy Lent.

I loved it of course, although I’d never been wished a Happy Lent before. Can the season of the church calendar in which we give up something that we like in order to prepare to walk through Holy Week be happy?

Yes, it can, but only if we carefully define happy. If it means nothing more than giddy, than Lent is just a big damper placed on our culture’s call to indulge our appetites. But if it is true, as the Lord said, that we don’t live by bread alone, then the season of Lent may in fact point us to a happiness that only comes through wholeness. That only comes when our lives are properly oriented to the one who died and rose again.

After all, that’s when Lent ends. On Easter Sunday. Christ defeats death and brings eternal life. As it was meant to be. Come to thePointRadio.org, and learn more about it. I’m John Stonestreet.

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