Today is Ash Wednesday, the first day of the season of Lent.
While fasting is likely on the minds of those who participate in the season, one practice associated with the season of Lent often goes unnoticed simply because it’s part of our lives in any season: prayer. The season of Lent, however, offers a great opportunity to dive more deeply into the practice, providing a backdrop of devotion to both experiment and expand. Given the contemplative nature of Lent, it’s also the perfect time to become immersed in contemplative practices, and for the next seven weeks, that’s exactly what we’re going to do.
Join me right here every Wednesday during the season of Lent for 40 Days to Pray, a series on contemplative prayer and an invitation to pray together. (Hence, the hashtag. Let’s make this a movement, shall we?) Each week I’ll provide some background on a contemplative prayer practice, as well as instructions for practicing and resources to take your practice further. Join me on this journey? (Psst: Don’t miss a thing when you sign up to get these posts directly in your in your inbox »)
Today, at the outset of Lent, we welcome all that we bring to this season with Welcoming Prayer.