Lent Part 3 – Invitation to Bend Toward the Light

God has been showing me this week that I need more heliotropism in my life. If you’ve never heard of heliotropism, don’t go looking for that word in the Bible – you won’t find it there. It’s actually a scientific term to describe what happens when plants bend toward the sun. (It’s also a fun word to say!) As you may remember, I planted some zinnia and sunflower seeds last week and...
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Lent Part 2b: A Simple Lenten Practice to Consider

Cross-Shaped Lenten Candleholder  A practice that many people observe at Christmas is counting down the weeks of Advent leading up to Christmas Day.  Likewise, it can also be meaningful to mark the weeks of Lent.  About ten years ago, my husband took two pieces of wood and created a cross that we have turned into a Lenten candleholder with seven candles – one for each of the seven...
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Lent Part 2: Invitation to Die to Self

“I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed.  But if it dies, it produces many seeds.  The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.”            John 12:23-25 Today I am a seed.  On this Ash Wednesday, this first day of Lent, I choose to be a...
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Lent Part 1: Invitation to Journey with Jesus

 Although Valentine’s Day is this Sunday, the day I’m most looking forward to is next Wednesday – the beginning of Lent.  If you’ve never even heard of Lent, you may wonder what I’m talking about (and you’d be in good company).  But if you have heard of Lent, you may wonder how I could possibly look forward to a season that intentionally seeks to strip us of our comfort. After all,...
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