I have not read Reframing Hope yet, but it’s on the top of my to-read-asap stack. Having checked out the discussion yesterday, I’m wondering how/if those of you have read it are taking the the wisdom of the book with you into the next 40-days-plus-Sundays. In other words, as you accompany Christ through the sometimes difficult days of this Lenten season, what gives you hope?
We are leaping the lectionary (instead of leaning into it, I guess) at my church this week, and beginning Lent with an exploration of the 23rd Psalm. As we follow Jesus into the desert these next 40 days, we will be meditating on these words and how they have resonance for us any time we walk through a dark and seemingly lonely place. How about you? Which of these texts is calling you? The first temptation of the Earth Creatures? The first temptation of Christ? Or Paul trying to make sense of it all?
Also, would love to hear your Ash Wednesday ideas/traditions. We are having an acapella service this year for the first time, and the simplicity and perhaps starkness of voices alone seem like a fitting way to enter the season.
Finally, any particular themes, spiritual practices or intentions leading you and/or your flock into the season? The comments are open.