Today We Welcome Lent


Today we begin the season of Lent.

It’s a time set in the church’s liturgical calendar to draw near to the Lord through reflective prayer, meditation and fasting.

It’s a time to recognize wilderness.

This season can be something valuable if we allow it. Continue reading

Time for Space

woodsThe church is in the season of Lent. It’s usually centered in prayerful reflection, meditation, fasting, and varying spiritual disciplines to bring about the death not just to self, but the community of Christ.

Personally, it’s been hard to focus during this time of Lent. As normal, things get busy on varying levels. I am no person privy to busy-ness. We’re bent on leading what we might call “pinball” lives – bouncing from one thing to the next. And such has been descriptive of my life. Continue reading

Reflections As We Prepare for Lent

Lent logoToday is Ash Wednesday, a day that begins the period in the church calendar known as Lent.

As a younger Christian, I did not respect much of the older church “traditions,” for they seemed dead to me. And, no doubt, some of them can be. But I’ve found the rituals (or rhythms) of the traditional (or historic) church to be very helpful in our present-day, including my own walk with God.

Hence, my appreciation now for Lent.

Lent is a time marked out by the church to focus on reflective prayer and different avenues of fasting, all to prepare for remembering the death of Christ on the cross and his overcoming death through resurrection. The cross, the upside-down, unique way in which the power and wisdom of God are expressed. Christ’s walking out of the grave, showing himself as the conquering one over the final enemy, death. Continue reading

Lent: Jesus and the Wilderness

It’s Lent. It’s time to draw close to the Lord through reflective prayer, meditation and fasting. It’s time to recognise wilderness.

As the Israelites, we will come through it. As Christ, we will come through it. But the land flowing with milk and honey is reached through the wilderness. Resurrection life is reached through death on a cross.

Let us be stirred by this simple video as it helps us reflect on Jesus’ time in the wilderness: Continue reading