Lent Daybook, 5: Wilderness

A Lent daybook for these 40 days of prayer. Join me, won't you?  (see previous Lent daybook 2018 posts here)

Is this your first time to practice Lent?  Here's a simple introduction: How we prepare for Lent.

*Note: If you're reading this in email, the formatting usually looks much better at the website. Just click the post title to get there.*


  Rift  by David Robinson ( source )

Rift by David Robinson (source)


music for today: "Tarnation", Edgar Meyer, Chris Thile 

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The Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. And he was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan. And he was with the wild animals, and the angels were ministering to him.
— Mark 1:12-13 (ESV)

* Monday - Thursday Scripture readings are taken from the Book of Common Prayer (Year 2). On Fridays I'll post the Scripture readings for the upcoming Sunday which are taken from the Revised Common Lectionary (Year B).


prayer for today:

In peace, we pray to you, Lord God. {Sit in silence for a moment.}

For all people in their daily life and work;
For our families, friends, and neighbors, and for those who are alone.

For this community, the nation, and the world;
For all who work for justice, freedom, and peace.

For the just and proper use of your creation;
For the victims of hunger, fear, injustice, and oppression.

For all who are in danger, sorrow, or any kind of trouble;
For those who minister to the sick, the friendless, and the needy.

For the peace and unity of the Church of God;
For all who proclaim the Gospel, and all who seek the Truth.

For pastor; and all clergy and other ministers;
For all who serve God in his Church.

For the special needs and concerns of our friends, family, and community: _________________

Hear us, Lord;
For your mercy is great.

We thank you, Lord, for all the blessings of this life. We are especially thankful for _________.

We will exalt you, O God our King;
And praise your Name for ever and ever.

Amen.”
— Prayers of the People (Form VI), Book of Common Prayer

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Spiritual practice for today:

Today, fast from television (or another form of entertainment).

Read some good poems instead. (Here's my 5 favorite poems for Lent.)

Pray for God to gift you with a rested mind and an enlarged imagination for His good gifts in the world.


(see all Lent daybook posts from 2017 here)