Lenten Devotions: Day One
Welcome to Bread for the World’s 2011 Lenten Devotions. These daily installments are designed to help you put aside a moment each day during Lent to reflect on your faith and how your faith is active in your life. Each week we will follow a regular pattern of days; some days are devoted to walking through the story of Lent, while others are focused on prayer, action, art, or meditation.
As you journey through these 40 days, we encourage you to interact with the content and share your thoughts with others by commenting on the day’s posting.
Some years I have big ambitions for the 40 days leading up to Easter. Sometimes I plan to fast from some luxury that has, over time, become a “necessity” in my life. Or I plan, somehow, to take a new step and make this Lent the most significant yet. Other years, I’m lucky if I realize the Lenten season is upon me before it’s over.
This year, I want something simple yet profound. Something that invites me to be intentional in listening, reflecting, and responding to God. Something that facilitates my engagement with the simple yet profound story of Jesus, when he submitted his will to his Abba Father and laid down his life.
My life has become cluttered. My days are filled with excessive noise. It’s hard for me to hear my own inward voice, much less the voice of God. I want to remember, again, the need to really breathe. To breathe in the Spirit of God and to wait on God’s voice. Jesus, I want to be refreshed in my journey with you.
On this first day of Lent, we invite you to spend some quiet time contemplating the coming days and what you want them to mean for you. Some people may give up a treat (chocolate or shopping), pledge to live simply, or conduct acts of kindness, charity, or justice. Others may pledge to spend time in prayer or quiet meditation each day. What action makes the most sense for you?
Briefly write down how you choose to participate in Lent. What will you do and why?
Zach Schmidt is the Central Midwest field organizer for Bread for the World.
Photo courtesy of Margie Nea.
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