Lent: A Return to God
"Return to God with all your heart,
the Source of grace and mercy.
Come seek the tender faithfulness of God."
Lent began on Ash Wednesday, March 6, the day many Christians wore an ashy cross on our foreheads. Those ashes remind us of our mortality, with the words that we are dust and to dust we shall return. The shape of those ashes reflect Jesus' great sacrifice on the cross, and also the day we were baptized with that same cross marked on our foreheads--a baptism that carried in it the everlasting promise of life with God. Baptism was the beginning of a lifelong relationship with God.
But sometimes life gets too busy, and we turn away from things of faith. We get distracted by the worries and stresses of the world. Lent is an opportunity to change that. Jesus spent 40 days in the wilderness preparing for his active ministry in the world, and you are invited to join in that practice. Let's spend these 40 days in prayer, fasting, and worship, and return to God in our hearts and our lives.
Here are some resources that will bring some variety to your Lent devotions. :
Daily Prayers by email: Daily Prayer
Lent Musical Devotions: Devotions
40 Different Ways to Keep Lent: Sinners/Saints
Praying without words:
Body Prayer of Julian of Norwich
Lent Madness: Who Will Win the Golden Halo?
(This one is humorous as well as educational.)