A Journey to God

Lent 2021
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A Journey To God

The season of Lent invites us to take a sacred pause… to deliberately take the time to reflect on all that life is presenting to us. To accept this invitation is to prepare yourself psychologically, emotionally and spiritually for all that will be revealed to you as we approach our annual celebration of the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus. 

Much of the most potent imagery provided for us during this time in the Church’s year speaks of a desert journey in search of the Divine. There are many examples of such journeys throughout the Scriptures, but this Lent we are asking you reflect on a particularly potent one, which still echoes in the experience of many people today. 

It is a story from the First Book of Kings in the Old Testament, where we read of the prophet Elijah going through a crisis of confidence and faith. Fleeing for his life into the desert, he gradually makes his way to Horeb, the mountain of God, where he hopes to find answers and gain a new sense of direction.

From this iconic narrative, I have picked out seven themes, each of which I have tried to illuminate by presenting a collection of readings and images. My hope is that some of this material will resonate in your own experience and aid your personal reflection and prayer during this pandemic time.
You may also wish to use it as a stimulus to spiritual conversation with others either on-line or within your community or household.

Within the introduction to each theme there are one or two questions to consider, but your own engagement with the material provided may take you in another direction. Simply go where you feel led, inviting the Holy Spirit to accompany you on your way.

Mark Davis
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