Lent 2021


Easter

BY ANDREW RAINES Thank you for walking the Lenten road with us from Ash Wednesday until this glorious new morning. It’s been our honor to share our meditations and prayers with you. We close with the words of a fourth-century bishop. Every Easter, Orthodox Christians hear this sermon by St. John Chrysostom read during morning … More

Quiet Rest

BY ANDREW RAINES They have anointed his body with oil And veiled his face like a bride. They have laid him in Joseph’s tomb… What bride gave you her veil to wear? What kind of sleep steals you away? Darkness cloaks you. You cannot hear me. Your lips hold no last parable. Your tongue speaks … More

An Appointed Place

BY JEREMY BEGBIE Many of us are haunted by the memory of a missed opportunity. Near the end of Graham Greene’s novel, The Power and the Glory, an old priest sits in his cell the night before his execution. He looks back over his life, thinking of all the things he could have done and … More

Two Thieves

This piece is part of syndicated series in collaboration with Yale Logos for Lent 2021. You can read the original piece at https://www.yalelogos.com/home/two-thieves. BY JOHN DAOUD Lent calls us to improve and deepen our relationship with the Lord in many ways. One such way is through an examination of his Passion. I have recently been … More

I Hide Myself

BY JASON LEE This piece is part of syndicated series in collaboration with Yale Logos for Lent 2021. You can read the original piece at https://www.yalelogos.com/home/i-hide-myself. Repentance, cloaked not in Eden’s leaves, but the words of others, which are more familiar, and less agonizing to order, than any I could write myself. “I heard the … More

Let It Be Done

BY FRANCES BOGGS Fiat mihi—such a small phrase, and yet it changed the course of the world. [1] Mary’s two words allowed for Christ to enter into our lives in a very real way. Through this small phrase, Mary opened the door for salvation to enter into the world. With her humble obedience, she became … More

Your Will Be Done

BY KATHERINE MATSUKAWA This piece is part of syndicated series in collaboration with Yale Logos for Lent 2021. You can read the original piece at https://www.yalelogos.com/home/your-will-be-done. I pray that I will decrease and that you will increase.  Use me, Lord. Your will be done.  Growing up, whenever I heard someone pray these words, I’d typically … More

We are an Easter People

BY ANDREW FORRESTER So why all the doom and gloom? If our Lord and Savior really is risen, and our sins have really been forgiven, why should we be sorrowful at all? During Lent, our preparation for the joy we take in the day of the resurrection, should we not be joyful since we know … More

Howl

BY JASON LEE This piece is part of syndicated series in collaboration with Yale Logos for Lent 2021. You can read the original piece at https://www.yalelogos.com/home/howl. Sometimes the good news does not feel like good news. My confession is that, sometimes, my faith redirects my daily resentments from an implacable universe to an impassive God. … More

What We Need

BY HANNAH TURNER This piece is part of syndicated series in collaboration with Yale Logos for Lent 2021. You can read the original piece at https://www.yalelogos.com/home/what-we-need. This past year was not just different because I unexpectedly lived in my childhood home for 10 months. This past year was different because I was living at home … More

The Gardener and the Grower

BY GABBI ZEGGERS “What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, as the Lord assigned to each. I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth… For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.”  1 Corinthians 3:5-6,11 “You show that you are … More

Prone to Wander

BY ASHLEY TALTON This piece is part of syndicated series in collaboration with Yale Logos for Lent 2021. You can read the original piece at https://www.yalelogos.com/home/prone-to-wander. Growing up in a traditional Southern Baptist church, I heard hymns played on the piano every Sunday. Although I tend to prefer modern Christian music, lately I’ve been remembering … More

A Persevering Soul

BY ALLY EIDEMUELLER This piece is part of syndicated series in collaboration with Yale Logos for Lent 2021. You can read the original piece at https://www.yalelogos.com/home/a-perservering-soul. Today, let us reflect on Matthew 20:29-34: “As they were leaving Jericho, a large crowd followed him. There were two blind men sitting by the roadside. When they heard … More

Quaranta Giorni

BY JUSTIN FERRUGIA This piece is part of syndicated series in collaboration with Yale Logos for Lent 2021. You can read the original piece at https://www.yalelogos.com/home/quaranta-giorni. Lent is a quarantine—literally. The word “quarantine” comes from the Italian expression for the period in which any ship sailing to Venice had to stay anchored away from port … More

On Learning the Fast

BY MARGOT ARMBRUSTER Content warning: This piece discusses disordered eating. It’s Ash Wednesday, early and cold. I’m locking my bike outside the Duke Chapel, catching my breath through my mask, rubbing the feeling back into my fingers. I’m here to lead worship at this morning’s service. Today, I’m fasting, though it’s not a choice I’ve … More

Living Faith

BY GABBI ZEGERS This piece is a part of a syndicated series in collaboration with Yale Logos for Lent 2021. Read more at: https://www.yalelogos.com/lent-2021. “And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the … More

The Barren Bush or the Fertile Tree?

BY MATIAS SUR Our Lenten journey is well underway, which is why I want to offer a quick reflection on the possible temptations that may arise—or may have already risen—in the middle of our respective paths toward Easter Sunday. At the risk of being reductive, if you had to pick between these two persons reflecting … More

Truth in the Psych Ward

BY SERENA RIDDLE This piece is part of syndicated series in collaboration with Yale Logos for Lent 2021. You can read the original piece at https://www.yalelogos.com/home/truth-in-the-psych-ward. Trigger warning: Suicide, self-harm Disclaimer: As David Finnegan-Hosey says in his book Christ on the Psych Ward, “any eloquent description of the experience of mental health struggle conceals as … More

Rest in God

BY JORDAN HEPBURN About one in three adults in the United States don’t get enough sleep. [1] Being a college student about to enter the workforce, I know my lifestyle matches really well with this statistic. Most adults, including myself, are tired, working long hours, and needing more sleep. I joked to my friend the … More

A Lenten Prayer

BY JADAN ANDERSON This piece is part of syndicated series in collaboration with Yale Logos for Lent 2021. You can read the original piece at https://www.yalelogos.com/home/lenten-prayer. Dear God, I am always delighted to see a cross in ashes on the head of a person I know in passing. There are few signs more perfectly suited … More

Love in the Dust

JACK MYHRE BY SAM LAURENT If you’re depressed, Lent doesn’t look particularly bleak. Popularly rendered as a season of austerity and asceticism, Lent evokes overtones of unworthiness and deprivation in wider culture. On behalf of depressives everywhere, I’d like to welcome everyone else to the party. I have depression, and I love Lent. But not … More

Wilderness

BY TAYLOR PLETT What does it mean to be in the wilderness? I spent a good hunk of 2020 moving between ranches in the Great Plains states—a near-nomadic stint of life in literal wilderness. It was an accidental metaphor for the world at large during a global pandemic. I can draw some parallels. In my … More

Playing at Lent

BY STANLEY HAUERWAS I have always thought that Lent is a dangerous time for Christians. This time in the church year I fear tempts us to play at being a Christian. We are to discipline our lives during Lent in order to discover and repent of those sins that prevent us from the wholehearted worship … More

A Great Confusion

BY SHARLA MOODY This piece is part of syndicated series in collaboration with Yale Logos for Lent 2021. You can read the original piece at https://yalelogos.com/home/a-great-confusion. Lord, ask me not to walk atop the seas,  and give me not knowledge of all languages. Do not speak to me with dew or marvelous wines,  and I … More

Lent: What and Why

BY BRADLEY YAM This piece is part of syndicated series in collaboration with Yale Logos for Lent 2021. You can read the original piece at https://www.yalelogos.com/home/lent-what-and-why. What am I giving up for Lent, and why? Lent is a season in the liturgical calendar of the church, which is to say it is a Christian season … More

Humble Offerings

BY SERENA PUANG This piece is part of syndicated series in collaboration with Yale Logos for Lent 2021. You can read the original piece at https://www.yalelogos.com/home/humble-offerings. On a good day (when everything is going smoothly, I’m not on a strict deadline, and I’ve gotten plenty of sleep), it’s easier to cut other people slack when … More

Ash Wednesday: Confrontation with Mortality

ANDREW RAINES BY WILL WILLIMON Editor’s note: Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent in the Western calendar. On this day, Christians put ashes on their (fore)heads to symbolize sorrow for their sin and to remind themselves that they will die, eventually turning to dust. “The truth about life is that we shall die,” … More

Tough-minded and Tenderhearted

BY ANDREW RAINES Throughout the year, the Church follows the whole course of Jesus’ life from birth to ascension. We do so because we believe Christ’s life brings us life. If we stumble along in his footsteps, our lives will be changed for the better.  So, Lent is the time when Christians prepare for sharing … More