Lent 2013: Index of all our 2013 Lent Entries

March 3, 2014

Our Lenten blogging was a bit sporadic here at Lent & Beyond in 2013 (unlike 2012 when we blogged pretty much every day of Lent – you can find our 2012 Lent posts index here.)  But although the quantity of posts was less, there are some entries that are very worth revisiting.  Here’s an index, by primary category, of all our Lent posts during 2013:

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Devotionals:

A Musical Confession for Lent: Crippled Soul, by Sojourn

Lenten Devotional Reflection on John 3 – Coming Into the Light

A Lenten Meditation on the Golden Calf and Our Own Sin

A Practical Suggestion for Lent – Remembering God’s Goodness and Grace

A Musical Prayer for an Ash Wednesday Evening

“The Lenten Call” – a poem by Teresa Roberts Johnson

A Great Essay by Mark Galli for Lent – Lent is Not Just Another Self-Improvement Routine

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Prayers:

A Prayer for Wednesday in Holy Week

Lent Prayers – A Puritan Prayer to Cling to Christ and Rest on Him

Lent Prayers: Forgive what our lips tremble to name

Scotty Smith’s Ash Wednesday Prayer: “Over these next forty days give us an insatiable hunger for yourself”

A Musical Prayer for an Ash Wednesday Evening

Ash Wednesday: A favorite prayer from St. Augustine

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Quotes:

A Holy Week and Good Friday Reflection – St. Augustine

A quote for Maundy Thursday – Christ washes our hearts, not just our feet

Lent Quotes: St. John Chrysostom on the Study of Scripture

Lent Quotes – JC Ryle: The Things Which Murder Souls

Lent Quotes: John Owen on daily mortification of the flesh

Lent Quotes: Pope Benedict XVI – Returning to the Lord “with all your heart”

Lent Quotes: David Fischler – Lent is really NOT about self-examination

Lent Quotes: Dean Robert Munday – What Lent Should Really Be All About

A quote from Pope Benedict XVI – appropriate as we prepare for Lent

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Resources:

Kendall Harmon’s excellent Ash Wednesday posts

A roundup of Ash Wednesday posts

Recommended Blogs and Links for Lent 2013

 

 


A Holy Week and Good Friday Reflection – St. Augustine

March 28, 2013

Man’s maker was made man . . . that the Bread might hunger, the Fountain thirst, the Light sleep, the Way be tired on its journey, that Truth might be accused of false witness, the Teacher be beaten with whips, the Foundation be suspended on wood; that Strength might grow weak; that the Healer might be wounded; that Life might die.

St. Augustine, Sermons 191.1

H/T All Saints Church, Chapel Hill


A quote for Maundy Thursday – Christ washes our hearts, not just our feet

March 28, 2013

From today’s prayer by Scotty Smith at his blog, Heavenward, these beautiful words about Maundy Thursday:

Your disrobing to wash their feet was with a full view to your being stripped naked to wash their hearts, and our hearts as well. What wondrous love is this indeed! How wide, long, high, and deep, is your love for the ill-deserving.

“Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another” (John 13:34). This is the new and never-ending mandate we’re now under as your disciples. Grace doesn’t free us from this command, but for this command. Don’t let me ever forget that the measure of your love is not just the basin and towel of the upper room, but your cross and your death at Calvary. There simply is no greater love to be found—none.

The full post is here.


A Prayer for Wednesday in Holy Week

March 27, 2013

From Pastor Scotty Smith and his Heavenward prayer blog, comes this great prayer for Wednesday in Holy Week – a confession of who Christ is, and an admission of how much yet we have to understand about His love and His salvation:

While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them a question, saying, “What do you think about the Christ?” Matt. 22:41-42

Dear Lord Jesus, just a few days after riding into Jerusalem on the back of a donkey, you confronted the Pharisees, with the same question you still put before us: “What do you think about the Christ?”

There’s no more important question with which to wrestle, at any season in life or in any state of faith. For what we think about you affects everything about us. Please continue to free us from all wrong notions we have about you—those generated in our fallen hearts; the ones that come to us from the father of lies, Satan; others which simply reveal our complete absence of knowledge, or the wrong and incomplete teaching we have received through the years.

But what do I think about you today, Lord Jesus? What do I believe in my heart? You are everlasting God, and I am a mere man. I would despair if you were anything less, and I am weary of trying to be more. You are the Creator, Sustainer, and Restorer of all things. You don’t just care about my soul; you care about everything you have made and you are making all things new.

Lord Jesus, I affirm you to be the second Adam—our substitute in life and in death. You lived a life of perfect obedience for us, and you exhausted God’s judgment that stood against us. You are the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world; the Lord of Lords, who is working in all things for our good and your glory; and the Light of the New Jerusalem, whose glory will illumine the new heaven and new earth forever.

By you, we have been completely forgiven; and in you, we have received your perfect righteousness. I humbly stake my life and my death upon what you’ve done for us. Lord Jesus, you are all this and so much more. Eternity will be an endless revelation of your glory and grace.

But this Holy Week, what stuns me the most is to realize you are always thinking about us. We are in your heart and on your mind all the time. You are always praying for us and advocating for us before the Father. You’re the One who knows us the best and loves us the most. You love us as only a perfect Bridegroom would and could. With fresh gratitude and awe, we worship you. So very Amen we pray, in your gracious name and for your everlasting glory.


Lent Quotes: St. John Chrysostom on the Study of Scripture

February 28, 2013

Lent is a season where many of us devote ourselves to a discipline of more regular and in-depth Scripture study.  This quotation from St. John Chrysostom reminds us why it is so important!

Let us give diligent heed to the study of Scripture. For in the tumult of life it will save you from suffering like those who are tossed by troubled waves. The sea rages, but you sail on with calm weather; for you have the study of the Scriptures for your pilot; this is the cable which the trials of life do not break asunder.

Let our soul weigh anchor in the reading of Scripture. For the study of Scripture is a haven without waves, a tower that is unshakeable, a glory that cannot be wrested away from anybody, a weapon that cannot be defeated, a joy that does not pall. In reading Scripture, the soul is relieved from harm, and enjoys much calm and peace.

~ St. John Chrysostom

h/t Creedal Christian


Lent Prayers – A Puritan Prayer to Cling to Christ and Rest on Him

February 25, 2013

I’ve been reflecting a lot on John 15 and what it means to abide in Christ lately, so I really appreciated this prayer posted by Trevin Wax over the weekend:

O Heavenly Father,
Teach me to see that if Christ has satisfied divine justice
He can also deliver me from my sins;
that Christ does not desire me, now justified,
to live in self-confidence in my own strength,
but gives me the law of the Spirit of life
to enable me to obey You;
that the Spirit and His power are mine by resting on Christ’s death…

You have taught me
that faith is nothing else than receiving Your kindness;
that it is an adherence to Christ,
a resting on Him,
love clinging to Him as a branch to the tree,
to seek life and vigor from Him.

-Puritan prayer (adapted)


A Musical Confession for Lent: Crippled Soul, by Sojourn

February 21, 2013

I was feeling restless and troubled yesterday about many things – especially the state of my own heart.  As I often do, I turned to music to help quiet my heart and help me turn to God.  But no familiar song seemed to echo what I needed to hear or wanted to pray.  So I went searching online for ….. something …  I’m honestly not sure how I stumbled on music by the Nashville worship group Sojourn, and just the song I needed to hear at this point in Lent, but I’m glad I did.  – Karen.

Crippled Soul:  LISTEN HERE

Oh, my crippled soul
So broken with my sin
With a nature so depraved
I’m so ashamed, so afraid
If I bring it up again
If you really look again
Will you change your mind
And never let me in

O Lord, please do anything but leave me here
Let me run again, or help me fly,
Or somehow make it right
But Lord, please don’t leave me here

And I hate what I am
All these things that you despise
The depravity that seems to be
At the core of who I am
So hide me from myself
Let me pretend I’m someone else
Someone with a pure
And holy heart

Is it any wonder then
That I should love to fly
Those moments when I touch you
And escape all that I am
Is it any wonder then
That I should do all that I can
To make it seem like I am whole
And worthy

Tell me Lord, what do you want
Do you plan to make me whole
Or leave me broken
And bring glory through your grace

– Rebecca Dennison

You can listen for free online to Sojourn’s music.  There are quite a number of songs on various albums that are very appropriate for Lent, including many songs adapted from hymns by Isaac Watts.  I intend to listen to more of their music…

Check out Over the GraveThe Water and the Blood  and Come Ye Sinners.  Learn more about Sojourn here.


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