“All the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness”
Lent 2021 | First Baptist Church in Beverly, MA
February 17, 2021 marks the beginning of a new season in the church year. We find ourselves in a season called Lent. Lent is a time for us to remember the forty days that Jesus spent in the wilderness, fasting, praying, and spiritually preparing Himself for His earthly ministry. During Lent it is the custom of many followers of Jesus Christ to remember Jesus’ sojourn in the wilderness by entering our own kind of wilderness. Many Christians use this season to let go of the many distractions that prevent us from drawing closer to God. Letting go is an urgent spiritual practice.
Yet, this Lent, we find ourselves already in a kind of wilderness. For the past eleven months, many of us have practiced physical distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19. When we have ventured out, we have done so cautiously, often wearing face coverings.
Many in-person celebrations have been put on hold. Babies have been born with only the parents physically present for the birth. We have experienced graduations via video stream.We have celebrated retirements by driving by and honking. We have surrounded newlyweds with our love via phone call and text message. In a sense, life has haltingly gone on.
But, for so many of our beloved neighbors, life has not gone on. We have sat in each other’s hospital rooms via Facetime. We have held each other close via Zoom. Our standard rituals of mourning are not happening in the same way. In our grief we feel so isolated.
This devotional is a gift to you from you. As we mourn delayed celebrations, missed milestones, and the loss of so many of our neighbors, we also feel the presence of the God who has not and will never leave us. We walk the road in the wilderness that God has placed before us because we serve a God who is faithful and whose love abounds. The submissions in this devotional are from members and friends of this church family. As you experience these words and images, may you believe that God is with you, always. The following devotionals are undated to allow you to interact with them in whatever ways feel sacred to you.
During this season called Lent, reflect on the ways you experience God’s steadfast and abundant love, and continue to send your reflections to the church by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Facebook Live: Lenten Home Devotionals with Lisa LaPlante and Bryan Vosseler
Each Tuesday of Lent at 7:00pm
We invite you to use this year’s Lenten Home Devotionals each week as we walk towards the light of spring and Easter season together. This year, we invite you to journey with us through the darkness with the light and faith of God’s steadfast love.
Please join members of our Spiritual Life Committee; Lisa LaPlante and Bryan Vosseler alternating weeks, on Facebook Live on the Church’s Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/FirstBaptistBeverly) each Tuesday of Lent at 7:00 pm EST to supplement your home devotions. Bryan and Lisa will share the following dates in leading a brief time of devotions and prayer reflections on that week’s worship theme. We hope you will join us in our prayerful journey through Lent (approximately 15 – 20 minutes per session).
Tuesday Feb 23rd – Making Crooked Paths Straight – Lisa
Tuesday March 2nd – Seeing a Transformation – Bryan
Tuesday March 9th – Believing God’s Word – Lisa
Tuesday March 16th – Embracing Boundless Love – Bryan
Tuesday March 23rd – Basking in Divine Light – Lisa