Lent is in the rear view mirror now, but you can still check out #imagesoflent22 for reading, reflection and inspiration!
What is Lent?
Lent is the 40 day period (not including Sundays) between Ash Wednesday and the Saturday before Easter Sunday. The earliest practices of Lent started following the Council of Nicea, around 325 AD as a time of fasting in remembrance of Jesus’ death. Lent is often thought of as a time to “give up” something, for example chocolate or alcohol, but in the midst of the giving up we sometimes forget that the intention of the fast is for repentance, remembrance, and a time to reflect on salvation through Jesus Christ. Lent is a gift, forty days to reflect, repent, and remember as we approach Easter.
March 2 – April 16
What is the word of the day project?
This year, as a tool for reflection, repentance, and remembrance we are using the scripture readings from the Revised Common Lectionary to provide you with five scripture readings and one prayer for each week of Lent. The challenge is to read the scripture, reflect on the word, and create an image that represents the word and the scripture.
You can respond creatively in a way that you choose: art journaling, poetry, photography, calligraphy, collage, etc. You choose! The word prompts are designed to get you into the Bible each day with words that are significant to this season of repentance, remembrance, and reflection, and to help promote creativity as a spiritual discipline to draw close to God and participate in the season.
If you choose, you can share your images on Instagram with the hashtag:
Follow the hashtag on Instagram (as you would follow a person or group) and the images that others create should pop up on your social media feed.
Feel free to invite your friends and family to join us on this journey.
And remember, just because you can’t do everyday doesn’t mean you can’t do some of the days; and just because you don’t start at the beginning doesn’t mean you have to wait until next year, start any time!