40 day lent devotional

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 ...
Day 23 | This Lent is for Interruption
March 24th, 2020
"Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life."- John 12:24-25Find it interesting, friends, this was the post I already had scheduled for today, on interruption, when our lives are looking to be undeniab...
Day 22 | This Lent is for Goodness
March 23rd, 2020
"Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you."- Philippians 4:8-9"Can God be counted on? Count blessi...
Lent | Sunday Feast Day #4
March 22nd, 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 FEAST...
Day 21 | This Lent is for Fierce Faith
March 21st, 2020
"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for,the evidence of things not seen."Hebrews 11:1 KJVA crazy, holy grace I have called it. Crazy because whoever could have predicted it? Who can ever foresee the crazy how and when and where of a grace that wells up out of the lostness and pain of the world and of our own inner worlds? And holy because these moments of grace come ultimately from farther...
Day 20 | This Lent is for Creativity
March 20th, 2020
"The heavens declare the glory of God,    and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.Day to day pours out speech,    and night to night reveals knowledge.There is no speech, nor are there words,    whose voice is not heard."- Psalm 19:1-3In the beginning, God created. And man, as an image bearer of God, has been creating ever since. Finding intermittent spots of joy in my days lately as I hear abou...
Day 19 | This Lent is for Paying Attention
March 19th, 2020
"You, God, are my God,earnestly I seek you;I thirst for you,my whole being longs for you,in a dry and parched landwhere there is no water."- Psalm 63:1 NIVListen to your life.All moments are key moments.I discovered that if you really keep your eye peeled to it and your ears open, if you really pay attention to it, even such a limited and limiting life as the one I was living up on Rupert Mountain...
Day 18 | This Lent is for Favor
March 18th, 2020
"If the God of my father, the God of Abraham and the Fear of Isaac, had not been on my side, surely now you would have sent me away empty-handed. God saw my affliction and the labor of my hands and rebuked you last night.”- Genesis 31:42Listening again (and again and again) this week to The Blessing we shared with you on Day 10 of this devotional, this line in the song feels so important:May his f...
Day 17 | This Lent is for Choosing Well
March 17th, 2020
"'I tell you,' [Jesus] replied,'If they keep quiet, the very stones will cry out.'" - Luke 19:40Today's post comes to you via Keri Foley, our Family Equipping Pastor at Woodinville Alliance. This is from a communication she sent out this past week to Children's & Youth families, rich and good for us all:Hi all!I woke up this morning somewhere between 3 and 4am, my thoughts a mingle of to-do lists,...