Lenten Devotional for 2020

Posted by on Feb 17, 2020 in Godprints, Worship & Prayer | 2 comments

Members from three local churches have come together to produce a Daily Devotional for this year’s Lenten season. The booklets were published in hardcopy form and distributed within the participating churches, but electronic copies of the devotions are presented here.

If you want a printed copy, visit or contact one of the participating churches:

 

People from the following churches also contributed articles:
(“UMC” stands for United Methodist Church):

 


Daily Devotions for Lent 2020

The devotional is presented in PDF format (use the free Adobe PDF viewer to read). Instead of presenting the entire booklet in one file (and forcing you to scroll through the whole thing to find the current date’s article), the booklet is broken up into separate week-by-week files.

To read the article for any given date, scroll down to the desired month, click the weekly tab you want, then click on the button (buttons for February and April are shown without tabs).  Except for week 1 (which begins with Ash Wednesday), all the files begin with Sunday and run through Saturday of the indicated week.

Enjoy; and may God bless your devotional time!

 

February 2020

The Lenten season (and first devotional) starts out with Ash Wednesday (February 26).  This short week is the only one in February.  Click this button to view it: 

Week 1 Ash Wed. through Saturday 2/29

 

March 2020 (Weeks 2-6)

Click the tabs on the left to select the week, then click the corresponding button…

Week 2 Sunday 3/1 through Saturday 3/7
Week 3 Sunday 3/8 through Saturday 3/14
Week 4 Sunday 3/15 through Saturday 3/21
Week 5 Sunday 3/22 through Saturday 3/28
Week 6 Sunday 3/29 through Saturday 4/4

 

April 2020

The season continues until we reach Easter Sunday, on April 12. Below are devotionals for week 7 (Palm Sunday through Saturday 4/11) and for Easter Sunday)…

Week 7 Holy Week (4/5 through 4/11)

Easter   Easter Sunday, April 12

 

 


Symbols of Lent

During Lent, we use symbols that relate to the themes of the season: the themes of repentance, renewal, hope, and joy.

Colors are symbolic. Violet signifies suffering and sorrow; white is for purity and glory; green means growth and hope of eternal life.  Pink or rose represents joy.

 

A bare branch symbolizes Jesus’ death on a wooden cross. It also reminds us that out of seeming lifelessness comes new life, both in nature and in the resurrection.

 

The butterfly symbolizes new life and is commonly used to help children begin to understand the meaning of Easter. Out of a dead-looking cocoon emerges creation, free and exuberant.

 

Salt is necessary to sustain life and is a symbol of wholeness. We use salt as a preservative to keep food wholesome. We also use it to enhance the flavor.

 

Water has always been a symbol of cleansing and life-giving in the Church and is commonly associated with baptism. In Scripture, Jesus speaks of Himself as the “life-giving water” (John 4:14), the One who quenches our spiritual thirst.

 

 

 

Devotion…

As we pass through this season of Lent and Easter, remember the words of Paul (in his letter to the Philippians)…

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things.

Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me — put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

The devotional presented in this post shares how God has touched each of the writers in a special way. As we read through these articles, “think on these praiseworthy things” and allow God to draw you closer to Him during this special season.

 

Are you in the habit of reading your Bible? Daily opening yourself up to God’s word could make this Lenten season a life changer. For info on our “Chapter-a-Day” Bible Reading Plans, click this button:

2020 Bible Reading Plans

 

Share Your Stories…

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As you read these devotionals, you are opening yourself up to hearing from the Holy Spirit. If something in an article hits you, please share it and let us know how God has spoken to you. Post a comment in the form at the end of this article (your email address won’t be published).

 

 

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  1. Janice Nichols

    THANK YOU!! This is my first time seeing your Lent Devotions and they are food for my soul.

    Please may I purchase the Lent 2020 deovtion for my mother who will be 95 in June. Tell the cost including postage and handling. My name is Janice Nichols. Please mail the devotion to:
    [personal information removed]

    My phone # is [phone number removed] and let me know if I can pay by phone or I’ll be glad to mail it.

    May the Lord God bless you real good!!

    • Chuck

      Thank you so much for your message. I’ll forward this to the people who organized the devotional, and we’ll see if we can get a booklet to you asap. It’s heartening and humbling to know that God is using these booklets (and our website) to feed so many during this Lenten season. Blessings to you and to your mother.

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