Category: Pastor Jeff’s 2007 Lenten Blog


Lenten Reading for March 27

For the rest of this week, our daily readings will consist of short quotes to ponder, with the hope that you will follow the reading with a time of open-ended prayer and reflection, allowing the Holy Spirit to lead you in your thoughts. Today, let us begin by pondering these words by Philip Yancey: I […]


Lenten Reading for March 26

We are drawing closer to Holy Week. Jesus is drawing closer to Jerusalem. Can we walk more closely with him? Can we carry what we experience in our moments of private prayer out into the world with us? Consider these words written by Thomas Kelley, a Quaker who wrote in the 1940s: “Begin where you […]


Lenten Reading for March 25

“For I give water in the wilderness, rivers in the desert, to give drink to my chosen people, the people whom I formed for myself so that they might declare my praise.” (Isaiah 43:20b-21) What will we praise? “Who or what one praises is an important clue to one’s character. The object of praise reveals […]


Lenten Reading for March 22

The story concludes. Â Jesus said, “Leave her alone. She bought it so that she might keep it for the day of my burial. You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me.” (John 12:7-8)  Jesus recognizes bullying within his followers. Judas attacks Mary, lacking understanding of her actions. Those whose […]


Lenten Reading for March 21

The story continues. But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (the one who was about to betray him), said, “˜Why was this perfume not sold for three hundred denarii and the money given to the poor?” (He said this not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief; he kept the […]


Lenten Reading for March 20

The story continues. Mary took a pound of costly perfume made of pure nard, anointed Jesus’ feet, and wiped them with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. (John 12:3 – 4)  Sometimes the holy spirit whispers to us, calling us to do something that, on a rational level may […]


Lenten Reading for March 19

This week we hear a story from the Gospel of John that took place the day before Jesus’ Palm Sunday entrance into Jerusalem for the final week of his earthly life. The story begins like this: Six days before the Passover Jesus came to Bethany, the home of Lazarus, whom he had raised from the […]


Lenten Reading for March 18

Sunday has come, the day to gather together with our fellow, forgiven sinners in the presence of Jesus, so full of mercy. The fatted calf is roasting; (can you smell it?) the music is playing, (can you hear it?) and Jesus says to each of us, “Won’t you please come?” If circumstances don’t allow us […]