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Lenten Resources

Compiled by the CSA team

How are you observing Lent this year? We’re highlighting a number of Lenten devotionals that focus on seeking justice. We hope you’ll check out some of these and find one that connects with your heart.

Webinar: Leading Your Church Through Grief and Loss

Featuring Francesca Nuzzolese

Leading Your Church through Grief and Loss from Evangelicals for Social Action on Vimeo.

Accompanying individuals and congregations in the process of grief and bereavement is one of the most important dimensions of pastoral ministry.

The Benefits of Dust

By Deborah Watson

Dust gets a bad rap. We chase it out of our homes, or we think we should. So why a meditation on the benefits of dust? Even in the Bible, of the 100 references to “dust,” almost all of them are negative.

A Christmas Eve Reflection

By Elrena Evans

 

In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria.

It Is Well

For all who have entered into God’s rest have rested from their labors, just as God did after creating the world.

Watch What God Is Doing…

By Eugene H. Peterson
If you don’t take a Sabbath, something is wrong. You’re doing too much, you’re being too much in charge.

I Cannot Do This Alone

By Dietrich Bonhoeffer

O God, early in the morning I cry to you.

Help me to pray

And to concentrate my thoughts on you;

I cannot do this alone.

Good Friday: The Making

By Prasanta Verma
Scattered, broken particles
must be remade
after life on earth snaps,
crushes each bone, sinew,

Activists: Resisting Compassion Fatigue

By Ed Cyzewski
As Thomas Merton examined himself and his contributions to the spiritual life, he saw someone who was fragile, in need of God’s help, and still very much determined to share God’s life and peace with others.

Exploring the Gift of Wonder During Lent

By Christine Aroney-Sine

God’s bequest of play buffers us from the spiritual burnout so rampant in our faith communities.

My Lenten theme this year is Breaking Down Walls. When I chose this theme I was not just thinking of the controversy about the wall on the U.S/Mexican border.

For Those Who Failed at Lent

By Benjamin Capps

 

For those of you who have already failed on your Lenten commitments, I want you to know, I’m with you.

By now it is probably evident, even to the most occasional of church attenders, that we have thoroughly entered into the long, somber, and glorious tunnel of Lent.

How to Make Space for Prayer in an Active Life

By Ed Cyzewski
The first time I attempted to pray in silence, I struggled to sit still for 15 minutes, saw no results, and then thought to myself, “Well, that didn’t work.”
As it turns out, writer and activist Thomas Merton had me pegged a few decades earlier: