More Christians are embracing Lent as an opportunity for spiritual renewal.
In a time of increased apathy and busyness, Christians are turning to this ancient spiritual season and embracing rites of self-denial, prayer, and repentance. Historically, liturgical Christians have long observed the six weeks before Easter as a time set apart for reflection, fasting, and seeking forgiveness, but in recent years Lent has become an important season of the Christian calendar for believers of all kinds. Here we offer a variety of rich resources to inform and support your Lenten devotion.
Recent Perspectives on Lent
One thing atheists and Christians can agree on is that the statistical likelihood that humanity should ever have existed in the first place is exceedingly rare. And yet here we are.
Imagine a Lent where we didn't give the world other reasons to hate us. Our very claim to vision—Jesus Christ has been revealed to us and not to the world—is reason enough.
I learned I had no discipline or willpower at age nine when my fourth grade religion teacher had us write down in our composition notebooks what we would be giving up for Lent.
The Great Fast is not about fasting. The Great Fast is about spiritual reawakening.
John Mark N. Reynolds
Lent is a time to focus on our own sins and not on the sins of others.
Lenten fasts are meant to bring us face to face with our soul’s emptiness.
Why I love Lent more than Christmas, more than Easter, and certainly more than any ordinary time.
In our culture, Lent is seen as a way of give-up bad eating habits, but in reality, it’s so much more.
The brilliance of Lent is that it shines light on the desert. It reminds us of where we are. This is the time of year when we can’t look away from our fallen state.
K. Albert Little
Lent is definitely the time to practice the difficult art of letting go.
It's too late to fast, right?
David R. Henson
Painted on billboards and signs, it has long been a beloved clarion call for self-proclaimed apocalyptic messengers agitating for the end of the world. REPENT!
I am convinced that one of the most powerful reasons that most of us choose busyness over rest is that we think busy equals important.
J. R. Daniel Kirk
Fasting is the exchange of the good of having and using for the good of entrusting ourselves, body and soul, into the hands of God.
In essence, didn't the wilderness enhance Christ's strength of purpose and clarity of call?
Kathryn Jean Lopez
Not a bad way prayer for focusing these next 20 days of Lent.
Spiritual growth is aided much more by failure than success. It's not too late to try again.
For years, during every Lent that coincides with a presidential campaign, my Lenten project has been to try to "love my enemies."
"I can still feel your finger touching my forehead, putting the ashes there. And I still can hear your words. I can't thank you enough for doing that."
Ash Wednesday: Preparing for Lent
Where did Ash Wednesday come from, and what's it all about?
Life is fleeting and fragile. And because life is fleeting and fragile, Lent calls us to work–by the sweat of our brows–to embody the Gospel's Easter promises.
This Ash Wednesday, I'm letting go of everything that keeps me from rejoicing in the passing beauty of the earth.
Today is also the Feast of the Holy Face of Jesus.
This whole process of discernment over just one day of the year is inviting me to slow down and think about my LGBTQIA Christian sisters and brothers.
Hallelujah. I've been suspicious of that word my whole life.
More Resources for Lent
David R. Henson
In the midst of the almsgiving, praying and fasting that traditionally mark this season, remember also to feast... But only on Sundays.
How can you live Lent in a positive, transformative way despite the circumstances of your divorce?
Lent is heavy work. It is the season when we learn to look death square in the eye and say "You are not the boss of me."
Did Jesus want to die? Or, at least, did he want to confront the Roman power structure? What did he hope to accomplish by doing so?
Ellen Painter Dollar
I am desperate these days for transformation, for obvious and spectacular change in body, mind, and spirit. But tenuous and equivocal transformation may be the best I can get.
Maybe I really am learning to find happiness exercising virtue and reason and whatnot, but I doubt it. More likely I've learned that doing without things is a good way of having to earn enough to afford them.
Evangelicals need to observe Lent, in part, because our troubling lack of tradition leaves us untethered from the past.
K. Albert Little
As another Lent sets to sink in its tendrils, in the midst of our already hectic existence, we submit, resigned, to its lulling rhythm.