The season of lent leading to easter points us back to the reality of our sin and our
desperate need for a Savior. Christians have participated in this season not as a means of
meaningless self-denial or pious ritual keeping, but as a means of emptying ourselves of distracting
comforts so that we can be filled with renewed faith and hope. During this season, we focus on the
multifaceted aspects of repentance: recognition of our sin, hope in a Savior, and obedience as a
response to his grace. Rather than engage in empty ceremony or purely internal spiritual growth, we
learn that observance of this season produces in us a richer faith for the sake of the world.