Welcome to the third week of Lent Illustrated: Reflection and Renewal! The following prompt is an excerpted and abbreviated version of the prompt found in the eBook, which you can download here!
Today we begin the first week of our second unit, Return. When we give, we return to God what is His, whether that is by sharing our spiritual or material gifts with those around us, or by using the talents we have been given to honor and worship. At the same time, this time of giving allows our hearts to return to that which is truly important; their Maker.
Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the Lord your God that he has given you.
One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want. Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered.
Welcome to the second week of Lent Illustrated: Reflection and Renewal! The following prompt is an excerpted and abbreviated version of the prompt found in the eBook, which you can download here! Today we continue our Refrain unit.
“[T]est everything; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil.”
(1 Thessalonians 5:21-22)
Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.
Welcome to the first unit of Lent Illustrated: Reflection and Renewal! Today is the beginning of our first unit, Refrain. Refrain is a time to focus on the habits, practices, and people that may not be good for us; to take stock of where we are and where we want to be spiritually; and to renew our spiritual focus and lift our eyes towards God. You can learn more about this unit and our Lenten study in the full eBook, available here!
And when Jesus heard it, he said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.
This is an excerpt of the Lent Illustrated eBook. To download the rest of the eBook, please visit the Lent Illustrated sales page here.
Seasons Illustrated began with Advent. Advent is a rush; the fast-paced days and weeks leading up to Christmas, in which we prepare our hearts and homes for the birth of Jesus. I’ve always loved it for that reason; it sings with anticipation and excitement. It feels like a deep breath in.
Lent is just around the corner, and I am thrilled to share that the Lent Illustrated guide is finished. As I mentioned in a previous post, our Lent 2016 theme is Reflection and Renewal. We will use this time to reflect on our lives and our relationship with God, to take spiritual stock, and to celebrate the currents of grace and renewal that run through our faith.