TWO OPTIONS for your personal Lenten devotions.
If you are looking for a devotional study to use during the season of Lent (begins Feb. 13), here’s one option. I’ve developed a daily guide to praying each of the prayers in my book that is based on a sermon of Martin Luther in the Church Postil. (You can also find the devotional guide using the dropdown link from the Book Study Guides at the top of the page.
Since we are in Lectionary Year C, I’ve tried to organize the prayers to correspond with the week they are in that Sunday’s lessons. The lectionary was so limited in the 16th century, so I’ve tried to arrange them around topics that relate. There are more prayers in Praying the Gospels with Martin Luther than there are days in Lent – but that simply means you will be able to extend your Lenten discipline into the fifty days of Easter.
I’m sure you will find some of Martin Luther’s ideas stimulating, engaging, and appropriate to discussions in the church today. If a topic or idea intrigues you, you can find the sermons from which my prayers were developed linked on this page.
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A second option will be available at a special release price January 15th-18th, 2013 with the release of my new book, O Taste and See. This was actually the first book that started me on the path to writing that I began in 2004. I think writing it was the most instrumental factor in the formation of my evolving theology and religious practice.
Basically, it’s a thirty day plan to help you love God with all your heart. Jesus said the greatest commandment is to love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind. But how do you do that? No one had ever taught me how to love God. I always said I loved God, but words are easy to say. Can you really love someone you fear?
When I discovered Ignatius of Loyola’s method of using the five senses to enter into the stories of Jesus in the Bible, the love I felt for Jesus became real, heartfelt. Then I implemented a procedure that helped me transfer that same heartfelt love to the Father. And many things changed for me in the understanding and practice of my faith.
These meditations are well suited for non-contemplatives. Rather than using the contemplative practice of emptying your mind of thoughts, this method promotes the active engagement of your mind.