Category: Lent

Observing Lent

“Lent is a space in time in which we are called to stop whatever we are doing, no matter how important it might be, and enter more intentionally into the disciplines of prayer, self-examination and repentance. But these disciplines—as significant as they are—are not ends in themselves. They are a means to an end and ...

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Dyings and Risings

C.S. Lewis wrote: “Nothing that has not died will be resurrected.” “For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it (Matthew 16:25). This statement by Jesus is one of the great paradoxical realities of Kingdom living: that in dying we find new life. It’s not ...

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Keeping Lent In Its Place

I have a confession. Given this is the season of Lent with its emphasis on intentional self examination and repentance, I suspect this is a good thing. Not being raised or familiar with the seasons of the Church growing up, and having been saved in the protestant tradition, the liturgical invitation into Lent was, like ...

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Choosing Lent/Recources for Lent

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 ...

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Lent: A Season of Grace

*This is the forty day journey of Lent. It is marked in days but lived in grace. For much of the Christian community, the forty days begins with Ash Wednesday (though the Eastern Orthodox church counts forty days back from Palm Sunday) and continues through the Holy Week stories of Jesus’ arrest, trial, and crucifixion. ...

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Let Him Easter in Us

“Let him easter in us, be a dayspring to the dimness in us.” Gerard Manley Hopkins In her book, Small Surrenders, Emilie Griffin writes, “’Let him easter in us,’ wrote Gerard Manley Hopkins in his poem The Wreck of the Deutschland. In this case, ‘easter’ is a nautical term. It means steering our craft towards ...

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Practicing Confession

We are a little over half way through the Lenten season. This is the time of year designated by the church calendar set aside as a time of searching our hearts (Psalm 139) in preparation for celebrating Easter. It’s about not only discovering and confronting the sin that has subtly crept in to our lives ...

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A Prayer for Lent – A Time of Returning to God

A Prayer for Lent “How often have I lived through these weeks without paying much attention to penance, fasting, and prayer? How often have I missed the spiritual fruits of the season without even being aware of it? But how can I ever really celebrate Easter without observing Lent? How can I rejoice fully in ...

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A Prayer For Lent

“How often have I lived through these weeks without paying much attention to fasting and prayer? How often have I missed the spiritual fruits of the season without even being aware of it? But how can I ever really celebrate Easter without observing Lent? How can I rejoice fully in your Resurrection when I have ...

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The Point of Lent

So I’ve made my decision on what I am “giving up” for Lent.  After several weeks of self examination, I’ve identified (with the Holy Spirit’s help) that thing which has attached itself, unknowingly and without invitation, to my life.  While it may not be a specific sin, it is a pattern that is not congruent ...