February 19, 2015
This week marks the beginning of the season of Lent in the circle of time that is the Christian year. Perhaps based on the forty days that Jesus spent in prayer and reflection in the desert…also a time of temptation by the evil one…Lent traditionally included 40 fast days in addition to the six Sundays, which were not fast days, leading up to the celebration of the resurrection of the Lord on Easter morning.
I have often shared this prayer as we begin our journey through Lent together and I do so again now as an invitation to us all to engage in a time of spiritual reflection and contemplation:
Seroquel purchase online Merciful God, you called us forth from the dust of the earth, you claimed us in the waters of baptism. Look upon us as we enter these forty days bearing the mark of ashes, and bless our journey through the desert of Lent to the font of rebirth. May our fasting be a hunger for justice; our alms, a making of peace; our prayer, the hopes of humble and grateful hearts. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
A friend wrote about his own experience of the journey through Lent with these words:
For many of us Lent is also a time of reflection and contemplation about what is important, what is nurturing, what is truly life-giving and what is not.
I invite you all to join us for worship as regularly as you are able during this holy season as we open our hearts and our minds and our spirits to the nurture and challenge of God’s Word, as we share in the sacraments, as we engage in observation of special holy days—Ash Wednesday, Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, and Good Friday. We will bless and enrich each other with our mutual presence during this journey. I am grateful to be on it with you.