The older I get, the more I enjoy Lent. I appreciate a season to reel things in, to examine where things are going unmanaged or taking on a life of their own. I've found a security in knowing there is a season for practicing restraint and use it as a time for a spiritual assessment of sorts.
A lot of years it can feel so vulnerable and tedious to do the work of examining my heart and opening it before the Lord. Having guides to walk me through the season has been helpful to me.
This year I've signed up for Lenten Lamentations . This daily devotional is focused on the practices of confession, repentance, and lament. Each day highlights an "historic incident that occurred in our country’s history on that date, a corresponding image, a Scripture for reflection, and a responsive prayer for lament and repentance." I'm particularly intrigued to learn from the authors, Dominique Gilliard and Erina Kim-Eubanks, about the often overlooked practice of lament.
One of my favorite scripture guides is the "I Was A Stranger" Challenge. This guide is especially relevant this year as it provides a Bible reading each day highlighting God's care for the foreigner and immigrant. I highly recommend this guide if you are seeking to understand the Bible's relevance to our times or want to explore a biblical understanding of immigration.
If you are undecided as to how to lean into Lent this year, I encourage you to choose one of the guides above.
What guides have you found inspiring? I'd love to build up the list.