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The Journey of Lent:
Renewing Devotion and Returning to God

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.


Introducing Lent

The Stations of the Cross

The Stations of the Cross

Mark D. Roberts

A devotional guide to Lent and Holy Week.

Lent FAQ

Lent FAQ

Kathleen A. Mulhern

From Mardi Gras to Holy Week, everything you need to know about the season of Lent.

Recent Perspectives on Lent

On Lent and Letting Go of Grudges

On Lent and Letting Go of Grudges

K. Albert Little

Lent is definitely the time to practice the difficult art of letting go.

Getting Fat in Lent

Getting Fat in Lent

Anne Kennedy

It's too late to fast, right?

Repenting of Repentance

Repenting of Repentance

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 Busy Because I Am Vain

I Am Busy Because I Am Vain

Tim Suttle

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.

Lent: An Exchange of Goods

Lent: An Exchange of Goods

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.

Why Christ Needed the Wilderness (And So Do We)

Why Christ Needed the Wilderness (And So Do We)

Tod Worner

In essence, didn't the wilderness enhance Christ's strength of purpose and clarity of call?

The Lord's Prayer in the Light of Lent

The Lord's Prayer in the Light of Lent

Kathryn Jean Lopez

Not a bad way prayer for focusing these next 20 days of Lent.

It's Never Too Late to Start Observing Lent

It's Never Too Late to Start Observing Lent

Tim Suttle

Spiritual growth is aided much more by failure than success. It's not too late to try again.

Love Your Enemies for Lent

Love Your Enemies for Lent

Peggy Rosenthal

For years, during every Lent that coincides with a presidential campaign, my Lenten project has been to try to "love my enemies."

When Ash Wednesday Isn't What You Expect

When Ash Wednesday Isn't What You Expect

Amy Butler

"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

Ash Wednesday FAQ

Ash Wednesday FAQ

Kathleen Mulhern

Where did Ash Wednesday come from, and what's it all about?

Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust

Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust

Jill Crainshaw

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.

Ash Wednesday: Meditations on Beauty and Mortality

Ash Wednesday: Meditations on Beauty and Mortality

Bruce Epperly

This Ash Wednesday, I'm letting go of everything that keeps me from rejoicing in the passing beauty of the earth.

What You Never Knew About Shrove Tuesday

What You Never Knew About Shrove Tuesday

Monique Ocampo

Today is also the Feast of the Holy Face of Jesus.

A Queer Quandary for Ash Wednesday

A Queer Quandary for Ash Wednesday

Kimberly Knight

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.

Mardi Gras, and Searching for an Authentic Hallelujah

Mardi Gras, and Searching for an Authentic Hallelujah

Morgan Guyton

Hallelujah. I've been suspicious of that word my whole life.

More Resources for Lent

Don't Forget to Feast This Lent

Don't Forget to Feast This 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.

What If You Don't Want To Repent For Lent?

What If You Don't Want To Repent For Lent?

Lisa Duffy

How can you live Lent in a positive, transformative way despite the circumstances of your divorce?

Die Laughing: It's a Lent Thing

Die Laughing: It's a Lent Thing

Erin Wathen

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."

Chekhov's Gun and the Lenten Journey

Chekhov's Gun and the Lenten Journey

Eric Smith

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?

This Lent, I'm Learning to Walk Again

This Lent, I'm Learning to Walk Again

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.

Lent for the Reluctant Ascetic

Lent for the Reluctant Ascetic

Max Lindenman

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.

Why Evangelicals Need Lent

Why Evangelicals Need Lent

Tim Suttle

Evangelicals need to observe Lent, in part, because our troubling lack of tradition leaves us untethered from the past.

Lent Is Coming, Hide the Kids

Lent Is Coming, Hide the Kids

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.

Lent in the School for Evangelization

Lent in the School for Evangelization

Jennifer Fitz

We need Lent 1.0. The original Lent. The prayer, fasting, and almsgiving edition.

Giving Up Home for Lent

Giving Up Home for Lent

Melinda Selmys

Being without a home is a pretty intense experience, and hugely perspective changing.

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