Tag Archives: Lent

New Life: April Theme and Devotion

April’s theme is New Life, which makes sense since Easter occurs in April, however, the first two weeks of the month still fall within the season of Lent. This requires us to live in tension: the tension between Lent and Easter, between old live and new, between death and resurrection. That’s not a bad thing.… Continue Reading

Journey: March’s Theme and Prayer Bead Devotion

It is fitting that Journey is our theme for the month, given that March 1st was Ash Wednesday – the entry point into the season of Lent. Lent is, first and foremost, a journey. It is the time when we journey alongside Jesus as he enters the wilderness and is tempted; begins his ministry in… Continue Reading

Lent: The Pilgrim’s Journey Begins

I had planned to write this post today, but in the hours before I could sit down to write, I learned of the very tragic death of a friend. Granted, I hadn’t seen this friend in person in about ten years, but Facebook allowed us to stay in touch as I viewed his photos and… Continue Reading

A Lenten Practice: Learning to Be Beloved

Last Tuesday I sat down to my journal to determine my Lenten discipline. After reviewing previous journal entries I knew I wanted to focus on health and wellness. This was not about losing weight or giving up chocolate, though both would probably be good for me. I was looking at it in broader terms, thinking… Continue Reading

Prayer Bead Devotion: Ash Wednesday

The following is a reprint of a devotion I posted a few years ago: Today is Ash Wednesday and the beginning of the season of Lent.  I always love this time of year.  Well, I love it and dread it. I love it because I recognize that it is a wonderful opportunity to focus on being… Continue Reading

Prayer Bead Devotion: Prayer and the Journey Towards the Cross

Several weeks ago I visited my parents in Houston, Texas, and while there I had the pleasure of visiting a local prison.  Mind you, this wasn’t just any local prison.  For fifteen years or more my father has volunteered as much of his time as possible with InnerChange Freedom Initiative (IFI), a Christian program designed to… Continue Reading

Prayer Bead Devotion: The Journey Towards Love of Self

As you recall, I’m using Scot McKnight’s 40 Days Living the Jesus Creed as the basis for our prayer bead devotions this month.  The Jesus Creed is the passage from Mark 12:29 – 31, where Jesus says “‘Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one; you shall love the Lord your God… Continue Reading

Prayer Bead Devotion: The Journey Towards Love of God

A friend of mine, Cyndi, is the associate pastor for a large church in metro Atlanta.  Her church is currently using Scot McKnight’s 40 days Living the Jesus Creed to enhance their Lenten journey.  She recently gave me a copy of the book, but – in the spirit of Lent – I confess that I did… Continue Reading

Prayer Bead Devotion: Help Me to Choose Your Way

Today is Ash Wednesday and the beginning of the season of Lent.  I always love this time of year.  Well, I love it and dread it. I love it because I recognize that it is a wonderful opportunity to focus on being disciplined – a disciple – for Christ.  To take inventory of my life and… Continue Reading