Lent is a time to step back, breathe deeply and centre ourselves on what truly matters. And in this fast-paced over indulgent society we live in, who couldn’t do with a bit of that?
Whether you’re spiritual or not, I know the readers of this blog are people who want to ‘go deeper’ in all aspects of life – especially in our love for others and our love for justice – so here’s two great Lent resources to help you do just that.
What is Lent?
Lent is the period of 40 days leading up to Easter where we are invited to ‘strip back’ the things that distract us, so that we might concentrate on becoming the people we were made to be. People who enjoy deep spiritual intimacy, and who orientate their lives around loving and serving others.
It’s a pretty beautiful thing if you ask me.
The Two Lent Resources
The Lord’s Prayer – Common Grace
The crew at Common Grace – best known for their compelling campaigning initiatives on refugee and asylum seekers, domestic abuse, indigenous and climate change issues – invite you to connect with Jesus’ rich teachings on love and social justice by praying the Lord’s prayer all the way into Easter. You’ll receive daily devotionals and video reflection teachings from some incredible leaders – including Tim Costello, CEO of World Vision Australia, Rev John Dickson from the Centre for Public Christianity and Uncle Graham Paulson, Australia’s first ordained Indigenous Baptist Minister. Sign up for their Lent campaign here.
Believe the Right Story – World Vision Youth
It seems like every day, we hear new stories of war, violence, hunger and disease. Even with stories of hope and courage amidst these, it feels like there’s an overwhelming amount of evil running the world. Is there anything we can do to make a difference when we are so small compared to such large insurmountable issues? Join young people from around the world in a conversation of hope and justice through World Vision International’s ‘Believe the Right Story’ Lent campaign. Sign up here.
Question: How has practicing Lent changed you? Got another Lent resource you’d like to share with us? Please get in touch through the comments section below.