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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Ash Wednesday Festival

Good morning, Rev Gals and Pals,

It looks like many of us are ready for Lent to begin this year.

Christine invites you over to the Abbey for a Lenten-themed Poetry Party.

Diane has an exceptionally wise discipline for Lent-- I'd like to add it to the one I've planned.

In the midst of all this, Sophia is very proud of her son....find out why here. She's also celebrating a recommitment to her own priestly call.

Post any others you like in the comments-- and please share your own Lenten disciplines with us, too! And don't forget to sent submissions for next week to


  1. I've written a poem for Ash Wednesday (at Christine's prompting): Psalm of Ashes.

  2. Thanks, Mrs. M!

    I told someone I was giving up Lent for Lent...not exactly true, but giving up Lent as I have known it. Reading a lot. Praying a lot. Hopefully, listening a lot.

  3. this idea has been going around facebook, so I thought I'd just share it with all you blog friends:

    Live Lent.

  4. I'm doing a daily reflection over at my place, based on the daily lectionary from Evangelical Lutheran Worship. Hope it's helpful.

    Here is where you'll find me. A peaceful Ash Wednesday to you all.

  5. I wrote a prayer, which is not something I usually do. My writing tends to me more nonfiction, straightforward...I'm just not real poetic or creative but I started writing my daily email devotion and the next thing I knew - I was writing a prayer:

    Joelle's Blog

  6. A blessed Ash Wednesday to all! I have an Ash Wednesday reflection and artwork at my blog The Painted Prayerbook.

    I'll be writing and creating art throughout Lent (God willing!) and would love for you to stop by and sit a spell. Blessings to you in your own Lenten journeys and as you minister to others in this season.

  7. I am having to give up enabling Lent for others...which is truly a struggle.

  8. I'm trying to take better care of me for Lent. I've been saying flippantly that I'm giving up the dark circles under my eyes...I'm using this time to make some changes in my life so that I can be a better pastor & person.

  9. RevAnne, I love that. I might start saying that too... :-) I could use a little more self-care, I think.

    I give up going out to eat, which means that I take on a commitment to better preparedness and awareness of what I'm putting into my body--no more running to Taco Bell or Subway because I didn't plan for a long day, no more eating from the drive-thru at 10pm because I haven't taken the time to shop or prepare meals. It also means no eating out with friends, which is sad, but does mean more intentional attention given to my eating habits, which leads to more awareness of my body in general, I hope!

  10. Thanks for hosting, Mrs. M! I wrote an Ash Wednesday reflection for Abbey of the Arts' Poetry party 23, too: from dust to dust.

    Lenten Blessings and Resurrection Hope to all!

  11. I'm up far too late but I was trying to put into words what it was like to be "on the other side of the rail" for the first time for an Ash Wednesday service.

    pondering still - but the first "draft" of my brainage is here...


  12. Deb, I love your sea glass and markers idea! I am thinking it might work really well for my family service sermon on Sunday (and if not then, another time).

    I am trying to give up being angry with some people for Lent. This is going to take lots of prayer.


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