Enough to move from winter to spring
Enough to move from ashes, to the cross, to the empty tomb
Enough to awaken us to the wonder and beauty of springtime
Enough to transform us from death to new life
Enough to return us to God’s lovingkindness.
May these words and pictures companion for you for this Lenten season. May they bring encouragement and reminders of hope along the way.
Breath prayers are found with each of the daily reflections. These prayers have a way of slowing us down and at the same time providing a touchstone for our heads and our hearts. The first breath prayer used in this booklet is found on Ash Wednesday. For this day, the breath prayer is “offering ourselves” “offering me.” This invites you to breathe in deeply. As you inhale reflect on the image of what the words “offering ourselves” holds for you. As you are ready, exhale with the image of “offering me” in your heart. Breath prayers can be helpful throughout the day while sitting at a red light or walking from one place to another. They have a way of slowing us down, shifting focus, helping us listen for something greater.
As you enter into this Lenten season we wish you grace enough to drink from the deepest wells and to believe (again as if for the first time) that stones holding you captive will be rolled away.
Blessings on your Lenten journey,
Lesley and Susie (formatting and most of the pictures)
Working in Family Experience at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Lesley is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. A Candler School of Theology graduate, Lesley has just published her second book, Grief and the Psalms: Companioning the Moon for 29 Days (available on this website). She and her partner, Linda Ellis are raising their two sons, Brogan and Sam in Decatur, GA.