Monday, February 17, 2020

Spiritual Resources for Lent

Ash Wednesday is next week, which means that the 40-day (and 6 Sunday) journey of Lent is once again close for those who observe it.

It is a custom for many to take on or "give up" something as a spiritual practice to aid in their moving through this season. But if you're anything like me, you may have a hard time settling on something to do, either because there are so many options or because you just don't know where to start in considering what to focus on.

If you're still trying to decide what to focus on, or you're a worship leader still seeking help with planning for these upcoming Sundays, I've compiled links to various spiritual practices and resources that I've written about over the years to help get you started.

General Reflections About Observing Lent

Five Reminders for a Meaningful Lent
Go Ahead and Give Up Chocolate for Lent
Learning from Lenten Failures

Spiritual Practices

What Is the Liturgical Calendar?
What Is Confession?
What Is Body Prayer?
What Is the Labyrinth?
What Is Fasting?
What is Lectio Divina?
What is the Examen?
What is Journaling?

Litanies of Confession

Reform Us - A Litany for Lent 1
We Want to Repent - A Litany for Lent 2
Thankful for Your Grace - A Litany for Lent 3
Help Us Receive - A Litany for Lent 4
Forgive Us - A Litany for Lent 5
Save Us - A Litany for Lent 6

Prayers

"From What Is Left" - A Prayer for Ash Wednesday
Pastoral Prayer from the Wilderness (prayer for Lent 1)
Prayer for Lent 2
A Time of Cleansing - A Prayer for Lent 3
Prayer for Lent 4
We Wish to See - A Prayer for Lent 5
Prayer for Palm Sunday
"Far Different" - A Prayer for Palm Sunday

Books

Coffeehouse Contemplative: Spiritual Direction for the Everyday - My introduction to how all of life is spiritual, not just the explicitly "churchy" parts.

Prayer In Motion: Connecting With God in Fidgety Times - My how-to guide for observing prayer practices in the midst of a busy schedule.

May your Lenten journey be meaningful, reflective, and enriching.

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