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Lenten Devotional – Day 22 – The Journey of Life

Scripture: John 10:10

10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

I really like Lent. I know it’s weird. I really like to dig deep into the journey of Christ leading up to Easter morning. It helps reveal my own “junk.” Lent helps me remember that life is a journey and this is a period of time where it’s okay to feel the pain and the hurt. It’s a time to not just let it all go, but to dig a little deeper and sit with the pain, hurt, and sorrow.

For the past several years I have been taking a photography journal during Lent. A photo a day with a one word focus. Every day is a different word, except every Sunday is “celebrate.” I love looking for the people, places, flowers, landscapes, sunsets, signs, or buildings that express the word of the day.

It helps me to remember it is Lent. And it moves me from digging into the deeper parts of pain and helps raise me up to find the abundance. For when I am seeking the word “refuge” I can see both the pain and the joy, not only in the word I’m pondering for the day but also in the picture that usually jumps out at me.

Lent is of both pain and of abundance. Where do you find yourself this Lent and how do you journey through?

Prayer: God of both pain and abundance, hold us close as we journey.

– Dawn Barnes – Indianapolis, Indiana



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