Lent Devotions

Each Sunday, a new booklet of take-home devotions for the coming week will be available. Each day's devotion, and any other material (videos, links, etc) will be posted here on the website. If you take pictures, write a reflection, or do anything else you'd like to share, please send it to us and we'll include it!

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Lent is season of preparation for the amazing new thing God is doing. At Easter, God changed everything by raising Jesus from the grave and offering the world an entirely new way of life—a way of life where eternity is in the now. During the season of Lent, we intentionally recognize those things that keep us from living that new eternal life (or what Jesus sometimes called Abundant Life), and we work on letting go of those things so we can hold onto Christ instead.

The poet Vaclav Havel once said that Hope is “an orientation of the spirit, and orientation of the heart; it transcends the world that is immediately experienced, and is anchored somewhere beyond its horizons.” We proclaim that our Hope is in the Lord Jesus Christ, which means that our spirits are oriented always toward Christ. That is the goal of the season of Lent: to re-orient our whole selves toward Christ.

As we seek this way, we are invited to practice our faith along with the whole cloud of witnesses that transcends time and geography, through silence, prayer, fasting, studying God’s word, and giving sacrificially.

This weekly guide will offer reflections, questions, and opportunities for you to live a Holy Lent, not as a temporary thing but as an entryway to a Holy Life. We stand at the threshold of God’s new thing: will we enter?

Each week will include a “word of the week” which you are invited to reflect on through photos, art, music, or words. We’d love for you to share those things (much like we did the Advent photo-a-day) so we can walk this Lenten road together.

The guide will suggest things for “sharing” or “discussion”—please use it with your family! If you live alone, feel free to share in the comments here, or to simply share with God.

Posted on March 8, 2014 and filed under Lent, devotions.