Just to let all our readers know that while there will be a bunch of Lent devotional entries, quotes and prayers posted from Friday – Sunday, I don’t expect to be able to update the Lent 2010 index again until sometime on Sunday afternoon, as I’ll be offline all weekend. So make good use of the category links to see the latest posts:
Over at Northern Plains Anglicans, in addition to posting the short daily Lenten reflection for his congregation, Fr. Tim Fountain has a posted a parishioner’s talk at a school chapel on the nature of sin:
Sin is imitation of God, Augustine tells us. But how can this be so? After all, saints from Saint Paul to Thomas à Kempis reminds us that we are to imitate Christ; and Christ, we are told, is God the Son. So surely imitation of God is no sin?
But sometimes, we imitate not in order to give honor but in order to take it. We imitate what we hope to avoid, or what we hope to replace. The con man imitates good deals, the usurper imitates the rightful ruler, or the teenager imitates a legal adult with an imitation ID card. This kind of imitation is mockery, and it is based in the lie that says we don’t need the one we are mocking.
Go read it all, and don’t forget to check Northern Plains Anglicans daily!
Father in heaven,
Jesus performed few miracles in Nazareth due to an atomosphere of intellectual offense. What intellectual offenses are in my atomosphere?
I want more of You, Lord.
I am blind. Teach me to recognize the lies I believe. Help me to throw them off, like Bartimaus casting away his beggar’s cloak. Send angels to remove the stumbling blocks in my spirit and in the atmosphere around me.
I want more of You, Lord. I want more of You. Amen.
Matthew 13:36-43, 57-58, Mark 10:50
Good news! I mentioned in my entry Lent 2010 Around the Blogosphere that I hoped Tara at Story-formed would resume blogging for Lent. She has!
She has a new post Lent & Kids #2 – here’s an excerpt:
I have a few moments of quiet and just thought I’d share a few things we are going to do as a family to observe this Lenten season together:
During a conversation around our breakfast table, we discussed Lent and the stories or images that are often associated with it. From these stories we decided to form some activities that our family will engage in during the next 40 days.
1. Prayer – this is a no brainer, but prayer is at the very heart of Lent. We ask God to “create in us a clean heart”, to help us see ourselves and Him ever more clearly, and to deepen our union with Him. Because of this, we are going to set up a little prayer space in our house. It will be a corner with a little table, a candle, a prayer book, a bible and whatever else our kids decide to add to it. Both of them struggle with prayer (they think it is boring!) so there may be some unconventional items in our prayer space. However, the point is to create a space that reminds us to pray and helps take us further into our prayer practice.
2. Tie-Dye – As we talked about the imagery of Lent being the dying to self and Easter being the risen to new life, baptism naturally came up. In the process of the conversation, my husband shared with us that “baptism” was the word they used when they dyed fabric. What went in one color took on a new color after being dipped in the dye. I thought that was a beautiful picture of us sharing in the life of Christ – of being baptized into Him – and coming out colored by His life, death and resurrection. So….we are going to do a couple types of dyeing experiments. The first will be taking black shirts and using bleach on them (the idea being that He has washed us whiter than snow). The second will be taking white shirts and tie dyeing them to give us a physical picture of our lives taking on the colors of Jesus.
Go read the full entry here – there’s a lovely short reflection at the end!
Tara’s 2009 Lent & Kids post is here.
Thanks to Phil at Deacon’s Slant blog for recently posting these two wonderful poems – they serve as wonderful Lenten meditations:
Philosphers have measured mountains,
Fatholmed the depths of seas, of states, and kings,
Walked with a staff to heaveN, and traced fountains:
But there are two vast, spacious things,
The which to measure it does more behoove:
Yet few there are that sounds them, Sin and Love.
Whoever would know Sin, let him repair:
Unto mount olivet; there he shall see
A man so wrung with pains, that all his hair,
His skin, his garments bloody be.
Sin is that press and vice which forces pain
To hunt his cruel food through every vein.
Whoever does not know Love,
let him assayAnd taste that juice, which on the cross a pike
Did set again abroach; then let him say
If ever he did taste the like.
Love is that liquor sweet and most divine
Which my God feels as blood, but I as wine,
Lord, how I am all with fever, when I seek
What I have treasured in my memory!
Since, if my soul makes even with the week,
Every seventh note by right is due to thee.
I find there quarries of piled vanities,
But shreds of holiness, that dare not venture
to show their face, since cross to thy decrees:
There to circumference earth is, heaven center.
In so much dregs he quintessence is small.
The spirit and good extract of my heart
Comes to about the many hundreth part.
Yet, Lord, restore thine image, hear my call.
And though my hart heart scarcely can to the groan
Remember that thou once didst write in stone.
All, my sincere apologies! Somehow the links in my Lent 2010 post got very messed up, and I just realized they were all wrong!
I’ve fixed them now.