Lent, the period of 40 days before Easter and beginning on Ash Wednesday, is a season of reflection and preparation before the celebrations of Easter. Lent recalls the events leading up to and including Jesus’ crucifixion. Easter celebrates the resurrection of Jesus after his death on the cross.
This year The Leprosy Mission Lent study notes is themed on our five senses – sight, hearing, taste, touch and smell. Along the way we pause to marvel at our Creator’s handiwork. Perhaps the key Bible verse for all the studies is from Psalm 139:14, “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” We chose our theme, among other things, as a reminder of the impairment of the senses experienced by those with leprosy, an impairment that damages and diminishes lives so drastically.
Each of the five studies stands alone, so they can be used in whatever order you prefer; in a group or for personal study.
A suggested outline for your group time together is
• Social time – have a coffee and chat for ten minutes at the start
• Worship – perhaps sing a couple of songs and/or pray together
• Study – work your way through the notes at your own pace
• Closing prayer
We hope this Lent will be a special one for you as we renew our focus on the Lord, his death and resurrection, and become once again “lost in wonder, love and praise.”