Lent ’08

My Lenten meditations for 2008.

Lent 2008: Day 15 – Dust of Death

Os Guinness, a former student of Francis Schaeffer at L’Abri, wrote one of the seminal books affecting my early Christian growth, The Dust of Death. In this challenging book, Dr. Guinness discussing the passing of Western Civilization, which at the time, 1973, was being assaulted from both the rise of technology and Eastern thought, while…

Lent 2008: Day 14 – Lenten Thoughts

What are Lenten thoughts? I guess they are musing that fall within the theme of Lent: prayer, sacrifice, fasting, repentance, etc. This year my Lenten theme has been centered on the meaning and purpose of death, “the last great enemy” of mankind, and using Romans 8:20-23 you could include of creation itself. One aspect of…

Lent 2008: Day 13 – Moon and Stars

Tonight there was a full lunar eclipse, which is when the moon completely passes through the earth’s shadow. The next one won’t be until 2010. In the picture below, which I took last night, Saturn is the bright spot to left and the star above the moon is Regulus, which is part of the constellation…

Lent 2008: Day 12 – Anger and Death

Anger is an easy emotion to out of our control, especially when things, big and small, are not going our way. To avoid facing our anger, we have many sidesteps to assist us in avoiding admitting to anger: I am upset about something; I am a little irritable today; I am out of sorts. Most…

Lent 2008: Day 11 – Presidents, Kings, and Jesus

Today is Presidents’ Day, the time when we remember the past leaders of our country. If we were in Jesus’ time, we might be remembering those who ruled during his lifetime and intersected his mission. Herod. King over all Israel (37-4 BC) though under Roman sovereignty and Emperor Augustus. He tried to kill Jesus after…

Lent 2008: Second Sunday – Out of the Darkness

The Gospel reading for today comes from John 3: 1-17. It is where Nicodemus comes to see Jesus during the night to talk with him. Most commentaries and preachers focus on the relationship between night and secrecy, arguing that Nicodemus came then to avoid being seen. While that may well have been his motivation, there…

Lent 2008: Day 9 – The Day After

Today is the day after, when after our sometimes over-the-top efforts at expressing our love to those who are important to us, we face another day of living. Many of us, after maybe a bit of morning after glow, will have a kind of love hangover, a bit of postpartum denouement. We all enjoy the…

Lent 2008: Day 8 – Love and Death

It is Valentine’s day, which in the midst of Lent is a curious mixture, since it is a day that focuses on our desire for love (both giving and receiving), while Lent is pointed at death (the impending crucifixion of Jesus, our Lord). This is not the anomaly it might first seem, because for Christians,…

Lent 2008: Day 7 – Many Apocalypses, Many Deaths

One of the themes of the book I am reading (Father Elijah) is that there have been many apocalypses leading up to the future final Apocalypse. But we often forget that in every age the spirit of Antichrist has been active, capable of deluding souls and dragging to perdition entire nations and peoples. There have…