Lent is traditionally described as lasting for 40 days, in commemoration of the 40 days Jesus spent fasting in the desert where he endured temptation by the devil. Many Christians commit to fasting, prayer, repentance of sins or giving up certain types of luxuries to symbolize this time in Jesus’s life. In preparation for this time before Easter, let us commit ourselves to giving up: racism, anger, violence, greed, weapons, war, poverty, homelessness. Pray for compassion. Pray for transformation. Pray for peace. Click here to download a pdf of the February 2016 The Spirit.