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Weekly Devotional

Lent I

Reflection by Liz Garrigan-Byerly

"Lent stimulates us to let the Word of God penetrate our life and in this way to know the fundamental truth: who we are, where we come from, where we must go, what path we must take in life..." -- Pope Benedict XVI

Our Common Conversations’ prompt this week was “Lent is…” and the responses included:

  • Fasting, almsgiving & prayer
  • My favorite season of the church year
  • My least favorite season of the church year
  • Journey
  • Time to break out the purple
  • preparation
  • A time of self-reflection
  • ???
  • Another year for the Lenten Carbon Fast!
  • Practice, practice, practice
  • Chance to focus on Jesus
  • Season for daily bible reading (try the Bible app YouVersion)

Above is a two minute video that describes Lent. But however you define it, it is a season that invites us closer to God as we walk with Jesus. It is a season that, as Pope Benedict XVI wrote, makes clearer who we are and what we are about in this world. It is a season of hope and new life even as we come face to face with death, because this is a season that leads us through the cross to Easter.

What does Lent mean to you this year? How will you observe this season?

“You who live in the shelter of the Most High, who abide in the shadow of the Almighty, will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress; my God in whom I trust.”     ~Psalms 91:1-2

Almighty God, I place my trust in you this Lenten season. Guide me in your ways that I may be prepared to journey with Jesus. Amen.

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