I kind of feel like we should be in the season of Lent right now. If you aren’t familiar with this time in the church calendar, it’s a season of preparation for Jesus’ death and resurrection. It’s typically a time of somber self-examination (punctuated, beautifully, by feasting on Sundays). It’s a time in which we engage with suffering and hardship and grief and injustice. A time for lament and turning to God with our frail humanity and our very mortal selves. It’s a time for turning towards the love and hope and goodness of God.
Lent Devotional Book
This year, Lent begins on February 17th, but I mention it now because I have put together a new Lent devotional book to accompany individuals or groups through this season. Each day, I offer a short verse from Scripture and reflect on themes like prayer, peace, suffering, and justice, with a Psalm and questions that correspond to that week’s theme at the end of each week. (Scroll down to request a sample.)
This devotional book is designed to be used for daily individual readings, but the questions could be used for a small group gathering on a weekly basis as well.
Resource Guide for Groups
If you are a ministry leader looking for a resource to guide your congregation or small group through the season of Lent, consider using On the Way: Walking with Jesus through the Season of Lent.
Lent Devotional Book Overview
- daily Scripture verse(s) and reflection on themes like prayer, peace, suffering, and justice.
- weekly questions that correspond to that week’s theme and a selected Psalm.
To learn more with Amy Julia:
- Advent Devotional Book
- Love Is Stronger Than Fear podcast
- Amy Julia’s books
- Amy Julia on Racial Healing
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