For many, the 40-days of Lent are not necessarily something to look forward to. Somehow you don’t want to do without the things that make you happy – like a hot chocolate when it’s cold, or a cold beer with friends when we slowly climb back up into the double-digit temperatures again. Fasting resolutions can look very different, but they have one thing in common: they are never easy to implement and make 40 days seem incredibly long. But how about a 90-day Lent? And why do you do something like that voluntarily?
Especially at the beginning of Lent we like to make resolutions. You may want to pray more or do without certain superficialities and dependencies in order to concentrate on the essentials again. Sometimes we start quite motivated, but quickly realize that we don’t always implement these resolutions perfectly. We want to tell you at this point: That’s okay – fasting doesn’t always have to be perfect, because fasting is about so much more – and you can always start again.
Every year there are people in our community who do the Exodus90 or Magnify90 programs. It is about growing and challenging yourself in body, mind and soul in a kind of “extended fasting period”. The participants of these programs have a whole Lent behind them when we are just getting started. We sat down with Karin and Sascha to give a little insight into why someone voluntarily foregoes some things for 90 days, what the benefits are and, above all, why fasting doesn’t have to be perfect.
The Basics: What does this 90-day Lent look like?
Sascha: Exodus builds on the three pillars of brotherhood, prayer and asceticism. It’s called Exodus 90 because you’re reading from the book of Exodus during those 90 days. Exodus tells the story of the people of Israel – you see how they freak out, get freed from Egypt and then get to Israel. It’s the same with us men – we too are