Spiritual Formation For Kingdom Action

Lent Resources 2017

Liturgical seasons can act as guideposts through the year and Lent is a particularly special one.  It’s easy to get caught up in the “sackcloth and ashes” part of Lent, with all the self-denial and focus on our own sin.  This is important to remember, but not to be ruled by.  Consider the outward focus of Isaiah 58: 6-9, a passage often used in the Ash Wednesday liturgy…

Is not this the fast that I choose:
to loose the bonds of wickedness,
to undo the straps of the yoke,
to let the oppressed go free,
and to break every yoke?

Is it not to share your bread with the hungry
and bring the homeless poor into your house;
when you see the naked, to cover him,
and not to hide yourself from your own flesh?

Then shall your light break forth like the dawn,
and your healing shall spring up speedily;
your righteousness shall go before you;
the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard.
Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer;
you shall cry, and he will say, ‘Here I am.’

From dust we were made and to dust we shall return, yes.  But remember that right now, you are alive and you live in a world with much darkness. Choose the fast that lets the oppressed go free and shares bread with the hungry. This Lent, may you shine with the Lord’s glory as your rear guard.  Be courageous. He is here. We hope that this list of resources will help you enter into this season, bring His light with you wherever you go, and guide you further into God’s plan and hope for you, as His children, in this time and place.

Read:
Bread and Wine – collected readings and reflections for Lent and Easter from Buechner, Nouwen, Lewis, and Bonhoeffer, to name a few.

Reflecting the Glory: Meditations for Living Christ’s Life in the World by N.T. Wright

The Living Cross: Exploring God’s Gift of Forgiveness and New Life by Amy Boucher Pye

Watch:
The Passion of the Christ

Follow:  
Biola University’s Lent Project

Lent: A Season of Returning – a 20 page booklet designed to help groups or individuals walk through the Lenten season together from the Transforming Center.

God-Sightings
“God is here and he speaks!”

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