Lenten Meditations

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Lenten Meditation: Malcolm Boyd and Finding the Holy in Holy Week

by Susan Russell

Malcolm Boyd was friend and colleague, priest and poet, preacher and activist. It is no exaggeration to say that his Are You Running With Me, Jesus? — published in 1965 — fed the hunger of a generation of people who had given up on the church or anyone connected with it having anything relevant to say.

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Lenten Meditation: To Wring Out the Light

by Anne Peterson

Having never known quite what to do with the crucifixion, I have chosen to focus more on what Jesus did during his lifetime than on his death and resurrection—and to ponder what the implications for me might be when he urged the disciples to go forth and do likewise in ministry.

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Lenten Meditation: Through Eyes That Have Cried

by Christina Honchell

“There are many things that can only be seen through eyes that have cried.”

“This is what we are about: We plant the seeds that one day will grow. We water seeds already planted, knowing that they hold future promise.”

Thirty-five years ago today, Archbishop Oscar Romero finished the sermon that he was preaching for the funeral of a friend’s mother and stepped behind the altar to celebrate the Eucharist. A member of a right-wing death squad stepped into the long aisle of the chapel, raised his rifle and shot the archbishop through the heart, then disappeared into the sunshine with his driver and accomplice.

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2015 Lenten Meditations

Throughout Lent, ministry and staff members of ASC have been sharing daily meditations.  Here is a comprehensive list of the 2015 Lent meditations published throughout the ASC Ideas blog.

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Lenten Meditation: Transcending the Question of “Why?”

by Jon Dephouse

This past February I reached the two year point since I finished a long treatment process for a rare cancer called Rhabdomyosarcoma. As a “survivor” I get to reflect publicly on my story from time to time. On Saturday I spoke on a panel with 3 other survivors as part of an AYA symposium, (Adolescents and Young Adults with Cancer) at USC. AYA represents the age range of 15 -32, and sometimes to age 39. I was 32 when I was diagnosed.

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Lenten Meditation: Giving Up Salvation for Lent

by Ed Bacon

While working on a recent sermon on the beautiful gospel text, “For God so loved the world (John 3:16),” I used a translation that consistently uses the word, “heal,” instead of the word, “salvation.” The translation by James Henson read, “God’s Likeness was not sent into the world to show the world in a bad light. But to bring healing to the world.”

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Lenten Meditation: Taking on Transition for Lent

by Ed Bacon

In his book, Transitions, William Bridges, a noted authority in transition studies writes, “Change is external; transition is internal.”

As I reflect on how my own Lenten journey has been going this year, the first thing that leaps to mind is that I have taken on Transition for Lent.

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Lenten Meditation: Confidence in Love

by Sally Howard

We reach the point in the Lectionary readings this week in which Jesus knows his life is in danger. Lazarus has been healed and word has spread. Jesus, the bearer of salve, has loved all that is unloved in human persons, gathering together all that was scattered and broken. He is attracting followers beyond the borders of his own people and he is becoming an increasing threat to the empire order. Jesus knows his days are numbered and he is troubled and storm-tossed by the suffering he anticipates. Yet, Jesus finds a way to continue living into the present moment in the house of Love. How did Jesus find the courage and strength to accept this suffering?

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Lenten Meditation: Giving Up Exhaustion for Lent

by Susan Russell

The ideal, of course, is that we live our lives in balance and exercise the kind of physical, emotional and spiritual self-care that keeps us from becoming exhausted. Spent. Wrung out. Fried. The reality — at least for me — is that most of the time I exist somewhere short of that ideal.

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Lenten Meditation: Wilderness

by Laura Thornton

I am drawn most years to the image of wilderness as meditative and filled with prayer. The peace and quiet of the desert is calming during Lent. Jesus went into the wilderness and stood his ground against evil. He leaned into God and held steady against that which tried to separate him from God.

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Lenten Meditation: Beyond Hope in Hope

by Janine Schenone

I have been reflecting a great deal upon hope in this Lenten season. This started when I preached on the second Sunday of Lent about the phrase “hoping against hope” (Romans 4:18), an expression Paul uses to describe Abraham’s and Sarah’s radical faith in God. They left their homeland and trusted when God said they would bear children in old age.

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