Lent is not intended to be an annual ordeal during which we begrudgingly forgo a handful of pleasures. It is meant to be the church’s springtime, a time when, out of the darkness of sin’s winter, a repentant, empowered people emerges.
Put another way, Lent is the season in which we ought to be surprised by joy. Our self-sacrifices serve no purpose unless, by laying aside this or that desire, we are able to focus on our heart’s deepest longing: unity with Christ. In him—in his suffering and death, his resurrection and triumph—we find our truest joy.”
— Dorothy Sayers, Bread and Wine: Readings for Lent and Easter
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Look & Listen

From Ash Wednesday to Holy Saturday, we follow the account of Christ as he makes His way to the Cross. In Epiphany, we encounter the light of divinity dwelling on Christ, inviting us to join Him as the light of the world. In Lent, we recognize and mourn the curse of sin and death that has separated man from God, even as we are invited to carry our cross and follow Christ on the road of suffering. We grow in humility and gratitude with the Lenten practice of remembering that once we were alienated from God and lived as people with no hope, and we seek mercy for those still living in that state.

There's so much joy to be found in humility.  If you haven't ever fully entered into the practice of Lent, would you consider joining me this year?  May I encourage you that this doesn't (and shouldn't) be complicated.  Here are a few helpful posts from the past several years of preparing for Lent.

How We Prepare For Lent

Five Favorites: poems for Lent

Searching for Chometz: A Passover Practice That Instructs Our Lent

Living and Dying Palm: Part 1

Living and Dying Palm: Part 2

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Read, Pray, & Do

I'll be posting a daily journal of Scripture selected from the Book of Common Prayer lectionary along with a song, prayer, image and spiritual exercise for each day in Lent. You can receive each post in your blog reader or by subscribing to the email list in the sidebar on the right of the website.  

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