A More Meaningful Lent

Feb 17, 2017

“Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of injustice, to undo the thongs of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover them, and not to hide yourself from your own kin?”
– Isaiah 6-7

This season of Lent is a time of prayer, fasting, and reflection in preparation for the feast of Easter. The words of the prophet Isaiah remind us that our fasting should connect deeply to meaningful changes in the way we live our daily lives and the way we see our world.

As we journey through these 40 days of Lent, the synod’s Lutherans Restoring Creation Team invites you to a more meaningful Lent, one in which you consider God’s good creation and your place in it. We suggest the use of the weekly (Ash Wednesday – Holy Week) online resource, Lent 4.2. This resource offers reflection, prayer, and actions to take, for both inward and outward change in our lives. As a fast, we offer two suggestions: a Lenten carbon fast or going meatless one or more days/week (see some vegetarian recipes here). May you have a very meaningful Lent.