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    Day 16: Fasting & Parenthood

    In seasons of daily self-denial it is enough to pray for your children and ask the Lord for his breath of life through the day. Parenthood is a years-long season of saying “no” to yourself, and it is okay, during Lent, to embrace a season of saying “yes”.

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    Day 13: Upset Expectations

    Written by Wesley Walker Karma police I’ve given all I can It’s not enough I’ve given all I can But we’re still on the payroll   This is what you’ll get This is what you’ll get This is what you’ll get When you mess with us -“Karma Police” by Radiohead This morning’s Daily Office readings are Job 3 and Matthew 21:28-46. In the Job reading, the title character curses the day of his birth. Matthew features two stories: the story about two sons who are forgiven followed by the parable of the wicked tenants. The book of Job is a tale of loss, angst, and our proclivity toward self-justification making…

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    Day 12: Rest And Receive

    Art and Writing by Lauren Moisa I don’t think it was a coincidence that I injured my foot at the beginning of Lent. I started off the season planning to give up coffee to see how the Lord could replace my addiction. Although that seemed like a decent idea, He had a different plan in mind… While struggling with the challenges of my injury, I realized that Jesus was asking me to dig deeper and give up the real hindrances in my life: my quest for independence and my need for control. Now I’m forced to slow down. To ask for help. To receive. To rest. Above all, God is…

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    Day 11: Reese’s Cups and My Christian Identity

    Written by Cale Baker This Lenten Season, Jesus is using Reese’s Cups to teach me about my Christian identity. Or, the lack of Reese’s Cups, I should say. As I began Lent, I really didn’t know what to give up, so I thought about what I indulged in, and I realized that I was eating too much candy at work. A few of my coworkers have large bags of candy at their desks, and I was taking trips around the office with Reese’s in my hands just a little too often. It felt like a small vice, so I thought I’d make “no sweets” a Lenten fast. Before moving into…

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    Day 10: To Texture Time

    Written by Jonathan D Hart I came across a concept from essayist Elaine Scarry that stopped me dead in my tracks: Beauty demands reproduction. On the one hand, this is quite a commonsensical concept. Everybody wants to do the enjoyable thing over and over. A good cookie demands a second, for instance. In another sense, however, it is quite impossible once we have a solid grasp of the beautiful. Here is what I mean: some beauty is easy to comprehend (even if difficult to digest). One need not be an art critic to find the Sistine Chapel sublime. It is the nature of a beautiful painting for an awed student…

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    Day 9: Remember That You Are Dust: Baptism and Memento Mori During Lent

    Written by J Vincent Santini Lent is a time to intentionally confront all the ways the first Adam continues to control our lives, to carry these ways to the cross to let them be crucified with Jesus, and to bury them in the tomb never to rise again, through this journey we enter into his death and become new creatures in the Resurrection.1 Lent gives us a time to repent from things that keep us from God and to focus our attention on the life, death, and Resurrection of Christ. Earthly things are wonderful when they are kept in the right perspective as gifts from God, but all to often…

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    Day 7: Giving Up Heavy Burdens

    Written by Timothy Brophy II   I didn’t give up anything for Lent this year, at least not in the traditional sense. But before you start thinking that I’m a bad Anglican, let me explain. At first, I simply couldn’t decide on what to give up. In the past, my go-to things have been some type of food or social media. However, I recently finished a thirty-day diet, so I’m not too keen to abstain from certain types of food any time soon. I have also gone without most of my social media accounts for several months now, so that’s not an option either. Then, I began to wonder why…

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    Day 6: Lessons of the Mirror

    "We are told to MAGNIFY the Lord. In this sense, we extol, or praise Him. This is different than MAGNIFYING my imperfections in a mirror. THAT type of “magnify” is to make something bigger, or grander than it actually is. See, we ought not to magnify ourselves in EITHER sense of the word. Will you allow me to invite you into a moment of equivocation? When we magnify HIM, we elevate Him to his proper place. We exalt. We praise. We adore. When we magnify ourselves, however, the same word changes meaning, and we make ourselves grander than we are..."

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    Day 5: Compassion And The Art Of Communion

    "Lent overall is a hard thing to walk through as a follower of Jesus. It requires us to look beyond ourselves and find one small thing that we believe could get in the way of following Jesus. It calls us to come and die and walk with Jesus through the story of His Passion. Furthermore, what I submit is the hardest part of Lent, it calls us to be vulnerable in community with one another as we are open about the struggle that sacrifice brings."