Lenten Resources

As you take on a new practice during this Lenten Season, below are a few resources that you might find helpful in your pursuit.

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Prayer: 40 Days of Practice

We pray because we are human, not because we are religious. Something in our nature points beyond itself; something in us searches for and desires personal connection with God. Although communicating with our Creator through prayer is innate, the effective practice of it often feels just beyond our reach. This unique book guides you to pray in deeper and more authentic ways. The short prayers and thought-provoking imagery, interspersed with contemplative reflections and suggested practices, will stir, inform, and encourage you. The simplicity of the prayers and the aesthetic appeal of the images will inspire people in every facet of life, including those with no real religious background at all.

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Christ Our Black Mother with Dr. Christena Cleveland

From Dr. Cleveland:
This is public theology; I’m inviting you into my theological process. Beginning on Ash Wednesday (Mar 6) and concluding on Good Friday (Apr 19) each week I will publish a photo and brief reflection on each of Christ’s 7 Last Words. All of the photos were taken at Stagville Plantation in Durham, NC, and I plan to write each weekly reflection at Stagville and/or other NC plantations. After doing a contemplative walk on the grounds, I will take no more than 90 minutes to reflect and write on that week’s Last Word. This is NOT systematic theology. In the weeks leading up to this project, I have intentionally refrained from writing outlines, reading tons of books, and reviewing feminist/critical race apologetics. Instead, I want to listen to my body, my heart, my experiences as a black woman, the Divine, and the ground, trees, and wind around me – and simply write what fills my theological imagination.

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Henri Nouwen Devotional

Thought-provoking words from renowned spiritual writer, Henri J. M. Nouwen, lead readers along a journey of conversion during Lent and Easter week. These periods of penance and celebration, lavish with rituals, help us become more sensitive to our own weaknesses and Christ's victory over sin. Through it all, Father Nouwen comforts and reassures us with reminders that God loves and accepts us even in our human state.
Each daily reflection--from Ash Wednesday through the Second Sunday of Easter--begins with thoughts from Father Nouwen on an appropriate theme, supported by Scripture, prayer, and a suggested activity for spiritual growth.

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Beginning on March 13th, join Table Pastors Debbie Manning and Matt Moberg at The Lynhall every Wednesday at noon during Lent as we explore together one of the 7 last words of Jesus.

More Lenten Resources for Your Consideration