40 day lent devotional

Lenten Postlogue | Ripples
April 13th, 2020
People when they die leave ripples... compassionate people, powerful people, selfish or angry people, normal people. Even seemingly insignificant people. Everybody leave ripples when their body hits the grave, circles of life, undulating outward from the space they took up in this world. Some people's rings may reach further, depending on the breadth of their influence, but everybody affects this ...
Day 40 | Jesus Rises
April 12th, 2020
"But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb, and as she wept she stooped to look into the tomb. And she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had lain, one at the head and one at the feet. They said to her, 'Woman, why are you weeping?'”- John 20:11-13aGood Easter Morning, friends! He is risen!.... : ) Though we can't be together today, I'm comforted in remembering we are still the...
Day 39 | GRAVE SILENCE
April 11th, 2020
"Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God."- Romans 8:26-27 ESVMorning, friends. Second only to Resurrection Sunday morning, Holy S...
Day 38 | Jesus Suffers
April 9th, 2020
"For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the b...
Day 37 | Jesus Is Handed Over
April 9th, 2020
"Then one of the Twelve—the one called Judas Iscariot—went to the chief priests and asked, 'What are you willing to give me if I deliver him over to you?' So they counted out for him thirty pieces of silver. From then on Judas watched for an opportunity to hand him over."- Matthew 26:14-16Excerpted from From Action to Passion, by Henri NouwenFrom Bread & Wine: Readings for Lent & EasterThe central...
Day 36 | Jesus Reclines at Table
April 8th, 2020
"When the hour came, Jesus and his apostles reclined at the table. And he said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of God.” After taking the cup, he gave thanks and said, “Take this and divide it among you. For I tell you I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine un...
Day 35 | Jesus Invites Us to Follow
April 7th, 2020
"And he began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes and be killed, and after three days rise again. And he said this plainly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. But turning and seeing his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan! For you are not setting your mind on the things ...
Day 34 | Jesus Enters Jerusalem
April 6th, 2020
"The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them. They brought the donkey and the colt and put on them their cloaks, and he sat on them. Most of the crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. And the crowds that went before him and that followed him were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name...
Lent | Sunday Feast Day #6
April 5th, 2020
SABBATH FEASTWhat does it look like to "feast" in this unique season as a body, physically separated yet hearts together? Historically during Lent, throughout the week believers around the world fast to some extent or another in an effort to set their gaze toward Easter and align their hearts with Jesus' moving toward his sacrifice on the cross. But Sundays? SUNDAYS. Sundays were considered a FEAS...
Day 33 | Toward the Cross in our Humanity
April 4th, 2020
"Deep calls to deep    at the roar of your waterfalls;all your breakers and your waves    have gone over me.By day the Lord commands his steadfast love,    and at night his song is with me,    a prayer to the God of my life."- Psalm 42:7-8That Deep Place Inside UsFrom Listening to Your Life, Frederick BuechnerI have called my third and most recent memoir Telling Secrets because I have come to beli...
Day 32 | Toward the Cross in Want
April 3rd, 2020
"Jesus said to them, 'I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.'"- John 6:35 ESVThis reading captured me this week, or maybe better yet - knocked the wind out of me a bit. Powerfully written. Hope it knocks the wind out of you too. (And I mean that in the kindest way.) Don't know the exact context for this gal writing these words, ...
Day 31 | Toward the Cross Together
April 2nd, 2020
"But he said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.' Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong."- II Corinthians 12:9-10Excerpted from The Power ...
Day 30 | Toward the Cross and Mirrors
April 1st, 2020
"For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known."- I Corinthians 13:12Excerpted from "In Mirrors"by Walter WargerinIn mirrors I see myself. But in mirrors made of glass and silver I never see the whole of myself. I see the me I want to see, and I ignore the rest. Mirrors that hide nothing hurt me. They reveal an...
Day 29 | Toward the Cross with our Messy Houses
March 31st, 2020
"So clean house! Make a clean sweep of malice and pretense,envy and hurtful talk. You've had a taste of God. Now, like infants at the breast, drink deep of God's pure kindness.Then you'll grow up mature and whole in God."- I Peter 2:1-3 MSGMy Messy Houseby Kathleen NorrisWhen I'm working as an artist-in-residence at parochial schools, I like to read the psalms out loud to inspire the students, who...
Day 28 | Toward the Cross and Fruit
March 30th, 2020
“This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.” - John 15:8 NIVInteresting timing on this article by Beth Moore from what feels like a world away, just 7 weeks ago. What do you think? Do you agree with her answer? What has your experience been of the relationship between fruitfulness and happiness?  - AB, Worship Director============================...
Lent | Sunday Feast Day #5
March 29th, 2020
SABBATH FEASTWhat does it look like to "feast" in this unique season as a body, physically separated yet hearts together? Historically during Lent, throughout the week believers around the world fast to some extent or another in an effort to set their gaze toward Easter and align their hearts with Jesus' moving toward his sacrifice on the cross. But Sundays? SUNDAYS. Sundays were considered a FEAS...
Day 27 | This Lent is for Silence, Day 3
March 28th, 2020
Last day of silent meditation on the word and worship.  Find a quiet space in your home or garden, then:Read the scripture passage belowSpend 2-3 minutes in physical silence (or whatever length of time you can)Finish by listening to the worship song belowIf you'd like, journal or write about any thoughts that arise in the quietThen next week we'll begin again with meditations leading us toward Hol...
Day 26 | This Lent is for Silence, Day 2
March 27th, 2020
Focusing again today on honoring this season with a little silence. Find a quiet space in your home or garden, then:Read the scripture passage belowSpend 2-3 minutes in physical silence (or whatever length of time you can)Finish by listening to the worship song belowIf you'd like, journal or write about any thoughts that arise in the quietThen next week we'll begin again with meditations leading u...
Day 25 | This Lent is for Silence, Day 1
March 26th, 2020
Feeling the weight of words right now and would like to do honor to our corporate grief by not spending too many of them needlessly. This next three days will be reserved for silence - set to the backdrop of one scripture and one song.May I suggest that you read the scripture passage, spend 2-3 minutes in physical silence (or whatever you can), then finish by listening to the worship song below th...
Day 24 | This Lent is for Solitude
March 25th, 2020
"But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed."- Luke 5:16 NIVSolitude has been a common spiritual practice for many historically during the season of Lent, but this year the idea of being alone has a unique flavor to it. If Jesus at the height of his ministry would still draw away and spend time in prayer and solitude, it has to be an essential for us as well, and to me, this seems to be ...