The "I AM" Lenten Reader During This Season of Lent
My last blog post, What is Ash Wednesday and the Season of Lent?, I wrote an explanation of what Ash Wednesday and the Lent season is all about, so this post I'm giving a more concrete action step of what some do to observe the season of Lent, but more specifically what our church is doing this year. We decided as a church to put together the Lenten Reader pictured above that includes a short daily reading and reflection or journal writing, which walks through the "I AM" statements in the Gospel of John.
I AM the Bread of Life. I AM the Gate. I AM the Light of the World. I AM the Way, the Truth, & the Life. I AM the Good Shepherd. I AM the True Vine. I AM.
Each day I am going to attempt (time willing) to post the text from each day's reading, and the response as I contemplate the message. I am not going to post every single day but will be actively posting from this Lenten Reader as the season moves ahead. I will probably include the entire Lenten Reader PDF here for download shortly but for now you can read the introduction pages, page 1 and page 2, the text is also written below.
The I AM Lenten Reader Introduction
Each week is anchored in the "I AM" statement taught on Sunday, and every week there will be challenges for confession, repentance, and worship. Some days you will be led to a blog post and asked to read and reflect upon it. Other days you will be challenged to meditate on scripture or celebrate what God has done in your own life.
Throughout this reader, you will also be challenged to journal consistently. There will be questions on some days, and other days there won't be. We intentionally left space for you to write your own thoughts and seek what God is teaching you on a personal spiritual level.
Lent is more than a season of self-denial; it is a wake up call from our day-to-day lives to the life we have in Christ. Lent breaks us from the every day pattern and refocuses us on Christ and His sacrifice. Our hope is that the reader will break you from your patterns and draw you into a journey with Christ. Dig deep into these scriptures. Be actively present in the practices of worship, confession, meditation, fasting, and journaling.
Seek to know Christ and the power of His sacrifice.