Living into Lent 2019

This year’s Lenten invitation is to Look, Linger and Listen to God’s presence in your life. Lent is a time to consider the perspective with which you engage life and where and how it might be adjusted to better focus on God’s abundant and enduring love.

Week 6 – PASSION (Holy Week)

As we journey through this most holiest of weeks, be attentive to invitations to observe, be still, grow, return and receive Easter blessings.



Scripture: John 8:1-11

Look (at your life):

When in your life have you felt accepted just as you are?

Where in your life have you received unexpected love and welcome?                                                              

Linger (with your experience):

How does it feel to be accepted?

How does it feel to be welcomed, forgiven, loved?

How do you receive forgiveness, love?

Who are the people involved at such times in your life?

Give thanks. Might love change perspective?

Listen (to your heart):

Where are you being called to forgive – yourself, others?

How might you receive God’s forgiveness and love?                                                        

Week 4 – RETURN 

Scripture: Luke 15: 1-3, 11:32

Look (at your life):

Where in your life are you waiting or being waited for?

Where in your life are you considering a change?

Linger (with your experience):

How does it feel to wait?

How does it feel to be waited for?

Ponder feelings around change … leaving, returning … expectation and reception…

Might expectation change perspective?

Listen (to your heart):

What is the invitation/temptation in a desire for change?

What might be learned from experiences of waiting and being waited for?

Week 3 – Growth

Scripture: Luke 13:1-9

Look (at your life): What is the state of the vineyard of your life?

Where is pruning, fertilizing, or patience needed?

Linger (with your experience):

Consider experiences that strengthen you – how might they water your life?

Consider things you struggle with – might it be time to compost some rather than recycle?

Might patience change perspective?

Listen (to your heart):

Where are you being invited to be patient with yourself, with others, in tending life’s garden?

Week 2 – BE STILL

Scripture: Luke 9:28-36 Look (at your life):

Where in your day are you invited to pause, to slow down, to take BE?

When might silence be better than words?

Linger (with your experience):

What do you notice when you stop, even for a moment? What does it feel like? Do you hear or see differently if you stop or slow the pace of the day? How does choosing silence over words affect situations? How do you feel in silence?

Might creating space to pause change perspective?

  Listen (to your heart):

What might silence invite you to savour?

Strengthened by the mountain-top experience of the pause, what are you called to do as you return to the noisiness and busyness of life?

Week 1 – Observe

Scripture: Luke 4:1-13 Look (at your life): Where and how is God present in your life? Where and how do you face temptation?

Linger (with your experience): Focus on one incident/encounter of God’s presence daily

  • recall the feeling of the moment – savour it, engaging all your senses, then express gratitude

If you felt temptation,

  • reflect on the feeling of the moment, engaging your senses, ponder who and what gave you awareness and strength through it, then express gratitude

Might gratitude change perspective?   Listen (to your heart): What are these experiences affirming in you, inviting you to see, and/or challenging you toward?


We are all on the path . . . exactly where we need to be. The labyrinth is a model of that path.  A labyrinth is an ancient symbol that relates to wholeness. It combines the imagery of the circle and the spiral into a meandering but purposeful path.

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