The Lenten Journey Begins
Wednesday, February 17, 2021, is the start of the Lenten Season. We’ve recently compiled and printed our annual Lenten Journey – a devotional for each day of Lent, with submissions by staff and residents. Lent is a time of preparing ourselves for following Christ through his ministry, his sacrifice and on to Easter. Many of the submissions thoughtfully convey that this year of the pandemic has been a type of Lent of its own – a true training ground for our souls.
Henri Nouwen, a Christian theologian, writes about living each moment to the fullest:
Patience is a hard discipline. It is not just waiting until something happens over which we have no control: the arrival of the bus, the end of the rain, the return of a friend, the resolution of a conflict [our addition: the end of a pandemic]. Patience is not a waiting passivity until someone else does something. Patience asks us to live the moment to the fullest, to be completely present to the moment, to taste the here and now, to be where we are. When we are impatient we try to get away from where we are. We behave as if the real thing will happen tomorrow, later and somewhere else. Let’s be patient and trust that the treasure we look for is hidden in the ground on which we stand.
We offer the 2021 A Lenten Journey for your personal spiritual journey, with hope that these devotions, lovingly prepared, will help you as you live each moment to the fullest.