21.3.18

Resources for Lent

I'm sharing these a little bit late for you to make use of this year, but I've been stumbling on some great resources for Lent, enjoy!

1.  At the beginning of Lent, Ellis and I made a 40-day prayer chain.  Each link has something simple like "pray for your pastor" or "pray for your neighbors".  We haven't been very good at remembering to do it every day, but it has been a good visual marker of our progress through the season, because 40 days can seem very long!  I printed them off here.


2. My reading for the season is The Crucified is My Love by Johann Ernst von Holst.  The book was written in 1895 and translated from German.  It might be a bit late to start it now,  but tuck it away for next year because it is a gem.  You can download the book for free here.  

3.  I had been seeing the Wingfeather Saga written by singer/songwriter Andrew Peterson on a lot of book lists lately and when I saw that my library carried it, I snatched it up last month.  It's easily some of the best storytelling and most beautiful prose I've ever come across.  The Saga is a four-book series, and a classic tale of good and evil, of light shining through the kingdom of darkness.  It might take some time getting used to in the beginning (don't give up!), because it is unexpected and silly and irreverent at times - it is found in the Middle School shelves of the school library, after all.  I had to stop reading it at night because it would keep me awake and it is 50% responsible for how tired I feel (the other 50% being sick children).  It might seem to be an odd addition to a post about Lent, but the overarching themes of sacrifice, redemption, of loving the unlovable, and hope in the midst of hopeless circumstances make it a fitting read for the Lenten season.  Or any season, for that matter.   I'm so happy that stories like these exist and can't wait to share these with Ellis and Jesse someday. 

4.  Finally, here's a couple of things I've been listening to, both also from Andrew Peterson.  Link to the videos here and here.  


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"Well, I remember how they scorned the son of Mary
He was gentle as a lamb, gentle as a lamb

He was beaten, He was crucified and buried
And in the night my hope was gone

But the rulers of this earth could not control Him

No, they did not take His life, He laid it down

And all the chains of death could never hope to hold Him
So in the night my hope lives on

And I can see the Son of Man descending

And the sword He swings is brighter than the dawn

And the gates of hell will never stand against Him
So in the night my hope lives on

Oh, in the night, oh, in the night

Oh, in the night my hope lives on

Oh, in the night, oh, in the night
Oh, in the night my hope lives on"

-Andrew Peterson, In the Night
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