There’s nothing like old tombstones to remind you of what’s coming! Lent is almost upon us, and Ash Wednesday is an annual reminder that we are but dust and will someday return to it. Or, as the letter of James puts it, “You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.” Not something I often take time to dwell on…
As we begin Lent, we know that Easter is coming, but first we have a forty day journey through the shadow of death, mourning the death that is in us and the rest of the world on account of our sin, remember how desperately we need to turn away from it in repentance and turn toward the new life we’re offered through God’s great goodness.
Here are some thoughts on Lent and ideas for observing Lent this year:
- Avoiding Lent? Read this. (Anything that contains the words “Jesus’ groupies” has got to be interesting! It’s there at the end, I promise.)
- Some reasons to observe Lent
- Some questions to pray over each week
- Some Lenten reading suggestions (and I love the tidbit she offers from Benedict’s Rule about reading during Lent; I had no idea!)
- Daily readings for Lent
- A collection of creative ways that different people have observed Lent
- A wealth of ideas here and here
Praying that this journey draws each of us closer to the God who was willing to take on our death and offer us newness and life in return.