What is Lent?

Lent is a 40-day period beginning on Ash Wednesday and ending on Easter. It symbolizes the 40 days that Jesus spent wandering the desert fasting and resisting Satan’s temptation. Christians practice Lent to show discipline and penance to God. Though Lent is not mentioned in the Bible, it is a tradition long accepted in the Christian church. Sundays are not counted in Lent since the primary focus of all Sundays in the Christian faith should be the celebration of Christ’s resurrection.

Lent remains a prominent part of the Christian faith. It is still characterized by sacrificing something for the Lord and focusing on spiritual growth. This includes not only fasting and prayer but partaking in new practices and acts of service that draw us closer to Christ.. It is a time for Christians to repent of sin, renew their faith, and prepare to celebrate the resurrection of their Savior. It is our prayer that the words on these pages will be used by the Holy Spirit to identify changes that need to take place in our lives to draw closer to Christ. If one person’s life is opened to God’s grace in Jesus Christ then contributors to this devotional will have the greater reward.

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Day 29 - March 19, 2018

Primary Wonder

Psalm 111:3-5

“Glorious and majestic are his deeds, and his righteousness endures forever He has caused his wonders to be remembered; the LORD is gracious and compassionate. He provides food for those who fear him; he remembers his covenant forever.” Psalm 111:3-5 

Primary Wonder 
 by Denise Levertov (1923–97)
Days pass when I forget the mystery.
Problems insoluble and problems offering
their own ignored solutions
jostle for my attention, they crowd its antechamber
along with a host of diversions, my courtiers, wearing
their colored clothes; cap and bells.

And then
once more the quiet mystery
is present to me, the throng’s clamor
recedes: the mystery
that there is anything, anything at all,
let alone cosmos, joy, memory, everything,
rather than void: and that, O Lord,
Creator, Hallowed One, You still,
hour by hour sustain it.

God of Wonders, let us walk in life your Son made possible for us; in the noise of this day, that threatens to deafen our ears and numb our hearts, may our choices keep us steady in the rhythm of our service, in the example of your Son, generous and loving to those unloved—and to us worthy only through Him; let our actions bring love to the family of your servants and our voices rise to fill the heavens. In Your Grace, with wonder, we pray, Amen.
submitted by Trish Dowde Kelne
Selection from The Collected Poems of Denise Levertov. Edited and annotated by
Paul A. Lacey and Anne Dewey, with an introduction by Eavan Boland. New York: New Directions Books, 2013. 

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