It’s time to get ready for Lent.  Yesterday I wrote this prayer which I plan to use regularly over the next few weeks as preparation for myself.

Walk forward without fear into the ways of God

Cling to your faith, rejoice in God’s unfailing love

Carry your own load, share one another’s burdens

Christ has become our Saviour

He gave his life to bring us feedom

He has lifted us and carried us through the years

His love and mercy redeem us

Follow Christ, and walk where victory is won

Move forward on the road that leads to the Cross.

I am planning another Lenten synchroblog for this year and will post the details later this week.  Also I am working hard to add to my resource list so if you know of resources that you feel should be included let me know.  Ash Wednesday which this year is on March 9th marks the beginning of Lent, a season that we tend to think about as a time to give up – usually trivial things like chocolate, TV or coffee.  However if you want to take Lent more seriously this year you may like to check out some of these resources from past years.

Here is a prayer that I wrote last year for Ash Wednesday

This post: Lent – Educating us into Freedom is a reminder of the more challenging aspects of Lent

This post: Thinking about Lent – Suggested resources provides links to both MSA resources and those of a number of other organizations.  It includes information on our popular Lenten guide A Journey Into Wholeness.

And for more reflection here is the Lenten video that I produced a couple of years ago.  A high resolution version suitable for use in churches and with larger groups can be purchased and downloaded from Mustard Seed Resources. This Lenten reflection acknowledges the brokenness of our lives and in our world and encourages us to find repentance through Christ.

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