Listening for God in the Wilderness
What is Lent?
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, a time when we reflect on Jesus’ life, death and resurrection.
We begin this season with the words: “Remember you are dust and to dust you shall return.”
Formed from the dust of the earth, we’re invited to turn our hearts back to God—to point them and open them to the Source of first breath—the One who holds the promise of new life.
Lent begins in the wilderness. The Spirit guides Jesus into the wilderness where he comes face to face with temptation and struggle. Similarly, it is in the wilderness that our faith is challenged, deepened, transformed.
This Lent, listen for God during your journey through the wilderness using one or more of these faith practices:
Prayer/Reflection, Study, Service, Listening and Storytelling.
We rarely enter the wilderness willingly, but through our wandering, we will discover God’s presence and be reminded of who and whose we are.
How to participate in Lent
Reflect, pray, and practice faith in the spirit of wilderness with the activities on the Daily Living page.
See our calendar of weekly Lent activities on the Schedule page.
Season of Lent - Liturgical Colors
Ash Wednesday: Purple is the preferred color as this is the first day of Lent. Historically, black has also been used on this day, since it is the color of the ashes to which we will all return.
Lent: Purple is typically associated with Lent, suggesting repentance and solemnity.