In some ways, it feels like we have been in an extended season of Lent for nearly a year. Since March 2020, we’ve been steeped in grief, lament, loss, death, isolation, and division. We’ve faced our mortality and our complicity over and over again. After enduring all we’ve been exposed to, how do we again engage in a holy Lent this year?
God continues to call us God’s Beloved, and graciously invites us into our humanity which God shared with us. The suggestions for rituals and practices for the season of Lent are an opportunity to seek the presence and peace of God, and remember our place in the diverse community of creation.
Our grounding in God’s love is what helps us to be resilient in times of fear, anger, and loss. Perhaps living into this season of Lent, we may need to let go and rest as needed before experiencing the love, joy, and hope from God. And as we experience our Lenten renewal, we invite you to go deeper, reach wider, as you offer grace and love to yourself, your family, and your neighbors.
Here are some alternative ways to approach Lent:
- Instead of “what will we give up for Lent?” try “what will we find to savor in God’s creation?”
- What is our holy destination? What will God reveal along the way?
- What grief do we need to express, and what creative ways can we find to deal with it?
- How will we keep the Sabbath rest?
- Celebrate worship opportunities each week.
- Visit this page to see what new ideas and resources added throughout the season.
Blessings on keeping a Holy Lent.