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Thoughts on Lent

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By Al Earley

After Jesus was baptized the Gospel of Mark says, “The Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. He was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels waited on him (Mark 1:12-13).”

This scripture verse is the background for the Christian observance of the 40 days before Easter as a time of personal testing of one’s faith. This time is traditionally called Lent. We need such times in our life to take inventory of our values and beliefs, as this Arab fable illustrates.


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