I am reading through several Lenten devotionals this season. One of them, by one of my favorite authors, Henri Nouwen, is titled “Show Me the Way.” It begins with this prayer that I have made my own. May it become yours as well:
I am still so divided. I truly want to follow you, but I also want to follow my own desires and lend an ear to the voices that speak about prestige, success, human respect, pleasure, power, and influence. Help me to become deaf to these voices and more attentive to your voice, which calls me to choose the narrow road to life.
I know that Lent is going to be a very hard time for me. The choice for your way has to be made every moment of my life. I have to choose thoughts that are your thoughts, words that are your words, and actions that are your actions. There are no times or places without choices. And I know how deeply I resist choosing you.
Please, Lord, be with me at every moment and in every place. Give me the strength and the courage to live this season faithfully, so that, when Easter comes, I will be able to taste with joy the new life which you have prepared for me. Amen.
I promised some Lenten resources, and while there is a lot “out there” here are some that have done the research for you:
Resources for Lent
Rachel Held Evans: 40 Ideas for Lent
The Transforming Center
Winn Collier – Winn pastors All Souls in Charlottesville, NC and is leading his congregation through Lent with some great suggested practices. You can download it here: