By The Reverend Dr. Jo Forrest

The word “Lent” comes from an old English word for “lengthen,” and refers to the lengthening of those long-anticipated days of spring. Mirroring the forty-days of Jesus’ temptation in the wilderness and echoing the forty-day trials of Noah, Moses, and Elijah, the season of Lent asks us to reflect on our lives, the object of our devotions, and the quality of our relationships. It is a period of sufficient length for us to straighten our habits, prepare to face the cross of death, and be fully amazed at the gift of an empty tomb on Easter morning.

The sermon series will explore myriad ways Jesus defied conventions and may have been thought defective as our savior. These “Defects of Jesus” might inspire us to follow in his paths.

Throughout the season we offer a devotional guide of poetry, composed by authors through the ages, and companion prayers. Signup here to receive 40 days of poems and prayers.

Lent is about lengthening light, it’s also about broadening our hearts and preparing the way, making room for careful attention to what matters most.

40 days of Poems and Prayers begins on Ash Wednesday, February 26.

Posted on February 19, 2020