Getting Ready for Lent – What Do We Hunger and Thirst For?


Lent is Coming

Lent is Coming

We are rapidly moving towards Lent, which begins with Ash Wednesday on February 22nd. This is the season that most challenges us to reflect on our faith and renew our commitment to follow Jesus. Once again I want to invite you to participate with me in Lenten reflections that challenge us to take our following of Jesus more seriously.

Last year our theme was: Following Jesus What Difference Does it Make. The theme for this year is: Easter is Coming – What Do We Hunger and Thirst For? 

When reading  Ancient Christian Devotional: A Year of Weekly Readings. a couple of years ago, I came across this quote by Caesarius of Arles (470 – 543) in a reflection on Exodus 17: 1-7. It profoundly impacted. Do we really thirst for justice or are we satisfied with water? Do we hunger for righteousness or are we satisfied with bread? If we do really hunger and thirst after justice ad righteousness, how is that lived out in our lives?

For what did the people thirst?  What then does the scripture mention in what follows? “In their thirst for water the people grumbled against Moses.”  Perhaps this word that he said may seem superfluous, that the people thirsted for water. For since he said “In their thirst” what need was there to add “for water”?  Thus indeed the ancient translation has it.  Why did he add this, except because they thirsted for water when they should have thirsted for justice?  ”Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for justice.” and again “thirsty is my soul for the living God.”  Many people are thirsty, both the just and sinners, the former thirst after justice, the latter after dissipation  The just are thirsty for God; sinners for gold.  For this reason the people thirsted after water when they should have thirsted after justice.

The guidelines for the guest posts are simple. Please write an article of 500 – 800 words. If you have a blog, post your article there mentioning that it is part of this blog series and send me the link.  If you do not have a blog but would like to contribute please email your article. I will post a new article each day with links to the appropriate blogs.  Each couple of weeks I will post  a complete list of posts that I have received with links to the appropriate blogs. I ask that you also post this on your own blog.

With your post please include a 2-3 sentence bio and any photos that you want included. Also note that the email to respond to this year if you want to be a part of this, is not my personal email. Seattle Pacific student Lyndsay Field is assisting me this year and will coordinate the blog series through the email msaintern@gmail.com. Alternatively leave a comment at the end of this post.

 

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40 Responses

  1. I will take the theme topic as encouragement and confirmation to participate. Just this morning (a few minutes ago) me, my wife, and my son were talking about some reflection questions from a devotional study we are doing. One of our devotional questions was; “What do you most long for?” –> I’m in. I will contact Lindsey through the email you have provided.

  2. Jeff wonderful. You are on my list from last year so should get an email from Lyndsay later in the day. You might want to wait and reply to that.

  3. I would love to participate too. Your question drew me in, completely.

  4. […] Getting Ready for Lent – What Do We Hunger and Thirst For? (godspace.wordpress.com) […]

  5. […] Lent is only 2 weeks away and it is time to get ready. There is still time to contribute to the Lenten reflection series Easter is Coming What Do We Hunger and Thirst For? […]

  6. […] Mother Teresa: How To Love God Posted on February 10, 2012 by Christine Sine This is a very profound reflection by Mother Teres on How to Love God – very good preparation as we get ready for Lent and our theme of Easter is Coming: What Do We Hunger and Thirst for? […]

  7. […] Getting Ready for Lent – What Do We Hunger and Thirst For? (godspace.wordpress.com) […]

  8. […] post is a contribution to Christine Sine’s Lenten synchroblog over at […]

  9. […] Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. There is still time to sign up to contribute to the series Easter is Coming: What Do We Hunger and Thirst For?  or if you may like to sign up to follow this blog and receive notification each time a new Lenten […]

  10. I would love to participate. I assume Lindsay will contact me. Blessings!

  11. […] This above article will be part of a Lent series published on the Mustard Seed Associates blogsite of Godspace. […]

  12. Ash Wednesday has begun and the journey of dying to self….
    I was inspired and drawn to the theme for this year and would love to take part in the conversations.
    Maba

    • Wonderful I look forward to reading your contribution

  13. […] Getting Ready for Lent, lots of links compiled by Christine Sine […]

  14. […] Getting Ready for Lent – What Do We Hunger and Thirst For? (godspace.wordpress.com) […]

  15. The idea of placing Jesus into a modern setting and putting a classic parable into modern context has been in my head for a while, but this is the first time I’ve tried it. It’s also the first time I’m connecting a post to a wider group project, a series coordinated by Godspace called “Getting Ready for Lent—What Do We Hunger and Thirst For?” Here’s the link: http://new-wood.blogspot.com/2012/02/good-samaritan-reboot.html

    • Thanks David – I will send this on to our intern at msaintern@gmail.com Could you also send her a 2-3 sentence bio to go with it.

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  17. […] Posted on February 27, 2012 by Christine Sine Today’s contribution to the series Easter is Coming: What Do We Hunger & Thirst For is by Dr. John C. O’Keefe. His dynamic blog can be found here. This post is a several-part […]

  18. […] Posted on February 28, 2012 by Christine Sine This morning’s post in the the series Easter is Coming: What Do we Hunger and Thirst For? is by Joy Wilson. Joy Wilson is the author of Uncensored Prayer: The Spiritual Practice of […]

  19. […] Posted on February 29, 2012 by Christine Sine This morning’s post in the series Easter is Coming: What Do We Hunger and Thirst For? is by Theresa Froehlich. She is a life coach, writer, speaker, and ordained minister. Theresa is a […]

  20. […] morning’s post in the series Easter is Coming: What Do We Hunger and Thirst For? is by Steve Kimes. Steve Kimes is a pastor among the homeless and the mentally ill in Portland, […]

  21. […] David Backes Posted on March 2, 2012 by Christine Sine This morning’s post in the series Easter is Coming: What Do We Hunger and Thirst For?  is by David […]

  22. […] By Sean Gladding Posted on March 3, 2012 by Christine Sine This morning’s post in Easter is Coming – What Do We Hunger and Thirst For? is by Sean […]

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  24. […] Posted on March 9, 2012 by Christine Sine This morning’s post in the series Easter is Coming: What Do We Hunger and Thirst For?  is by Kathy Escobar. Kathy Escobar co-pastors The Refuge, an eclectic faith community dedicated […]

  25. […] Posted on March 12, 2012 by Christine Sine This morning’s post in the series Easter is Coming: What Do We Hunger and Thirst For?  is  by Greg Valerio. Greg is a follower of Jesus and explorer of Columban Spirituality. He is a […]

  26. […] morning’s post in the series Easter is Coming: What Do We Hunger and Thirst For?is by James Prescott. James Prescott is a writer and creative passionate about social media, gender […]

  27. […] Posted on March 14, 2012 by Christine Sine This morning’s post in the series Easter is Coming: What Do We Hunger and Thirst For?  is by AnaYelsi […]

  28. […] – Part 2 Posted on March 15, 2012 by Christine Sine This morning’s post in the series Easter is Coming: What Do We Hunger and Thirst For?  is again by AnaYelsi […]

  29. […] morning’s post in the series Easter is Coming: What Do We Hunger and Thirst For? is contributed by Gil George. You can find the original post and the rest of her blog […]

  30. […] Posted on March 19, 2012 by Christine Sine This morning’s post in the series Easter is Coming: What Do We Hunger and Thirst For? is contributed by Thomas Turner. You can find the original post and more from his blog […]

  31. […] Posted on March 20, 2012 by Christine Sine Today’s post in the Lenten series Easter is Coming: What Do We Hunger and Thirst For? comes from Martha Hopler. Martha Hopler a social worker for 15 years in Philadelphia PA before […]

  32. […] on March 22, 2012 by Christine Sine This morning’s post in the Lenten reflection series Easter is Coming: What Do We Hunger and Thirst For? comes from The Rev. John Leech. John is pastor and priest of St. Alban’s Episcopal […]

  33. […] take a long, deep breath. The Lenten questions prick at the edge of my mind: What do I hunger for? What do I thirst […]

  34. […] Posted on March 26, 2012 by Christine Sine This morning’s post in the series Easter is Coming: What Do We Hunger and Thirst For? is by Melanie Clark Pullen. She is a theatre and film artist, writer, wife, mother and pilgrim […]

  35. […] morning’s post in the series Easter is Coming: What Do We Hunger and Thirst For?  is by Rachel Stone. She blogs about food, family, faith at her site, Eat With Joy. This piece was […]

  36. […] Posted on March 30, 2012 by Christine Sine This morning’s post in the series Easter is Coming: What Do We Hunger and Thirst For?  is a poem, contributed by Jim Schmotzer. You can find more from him on his blog […]

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  38. […] morning’s post in the series Easter is Coming: What Do We Hunger and Thirst For? was written by Paula Mitchell. Paula is a Spiritual Director, retreat facilitator, writer, wife, […]

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