It’s hard to believe that Lent begins in eight days — I feel like I am still recovering from the Christmas season!
I’ve always loved the season of Lent, actually. I love its somber quietness, its contemplative nature, the opportunity it offers to slow down, turn inward and grow a bit more introspective. I even like the fact that Lent forces me to look hard at myself, to examine where I am falling short in my relationship with God. I’m grateful for the opportunity to come clean with God and begin anew.
For the past several years I have collaborated with my home church, Southwood Lutheran, here in Lincoln, Nebraska, to create a daily devotional for the six weeks of Lent. This year, as I have the last couple of years, I am delighted to offer this devotional to you as well, as a small way to say thank you for your encouragement and the gift of your presence here throughout the year.
I particularly love the theme of this year’s devotional — A Biblical Journey through Lent — because it reflects my own journey these days as I navigate the uncertainty of the wilderness. If you think about it, the Bible contains one journey after the other, beginning with Adam and Eve’s journey out of Eden, continuing with the Israelites as they traveled out of Egypt and through the wilderness to the Promised Land, and ending, of course, with Christ’s journey to the cross. We, too, embark on many journeys during our lives—both physical travels from one place to another, as well as our spiritual journey as we grow in our relationship with God.
Let’s journey together through Lent this year and discover the gifts God offers us every step of the way.
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Thank you, friends, for the gift of you. May God bless you richly as you walk through this Lenten season.