For as long as I can remember, Lent has seemed an awkward season. Although I have never been confused about where Lent leads—to Easter—I have often been unsure about how best to follow its path.
If the date of Easter were not a moving target, Lent might not seem so awkwardto navigate. But unlike Christmas, which, like north on a compass, always points to one resting place, December 25, Easter moves around. And because Lent is attached to Easter by forty days, its date also moves around. It’s an awkward, seemingly unpredictable point to track.
—Pamela C. Hawkins, The Awkward Season: Prayers for Lent
(Upper Room Books, 2009)
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Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience.
—Hebrews 10:22 (NIV)
Prayer for the Week
O loving Christ who waits for us all to move forward, to change inward, to love outward. Wait now with me as I long and learn to become more like you. Guide me to wait with the lost, to stand with the weak, to have a heart for the brokenhearted. Amen.
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