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 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,…