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Additional resources for our 2016 “Into Life” Lenten devotional

This year’s Lenten devotional utilizes the concept of coloring, doodling, and guided drawing as a way to include many of our senses in our Lenten journey. Below are some additional resources to help you as we walk through Lent together.

General instructions (or, Help, I can’t draw!!)

As we indicate in the handout, none of the exercises requires artistic skill, just the willingness to try something new.  To help you get started, though, we found that Sybil MacBeth’s Praying in Color website does a great job explaining how and why to add coloring and doodling to your prayer life.

The basics can be found here.

She also has some great Lenten handouts here.

Additional resources for the week of February 14-20

We included the King James Version of the 23rd psalm in our Lenten devotional, because that is one that many are familiar with, and may have known since childhood.  However, in case you would like to see it in different versions, here are some additional links, to versions of translations we currently use at UCU.  You can also quickly switch from one version to another by clicking on any of these buttons.  On the page that comes up, you will see a dropdown menu just above the below where it says “Psalm 23” that allows you to click from one version to another.

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) New International Version (NIV) Common English Bible The Message

Additional resources for the week of February 21-27

The Praying in Color website has a detailed explanation of the guided drawing exercise  here.

Additional resources for the week of February 28-March 5

TBD.

Additional resources for the week of March 6-12

The written word exercise for this week is a form of lectio divina, which is an ancient spiritual practice.  The term is Latin for divine reading.  The Upper Room website explains that “Lectio divina is a slow, meditative reading and reflection on a passage of scripture. Rather than processing the scripture intellectually, you’re invited to let the words and images connect your heart with God’s heart.”

Additional details on the spiritual practice of lectio divina can be found on the Audio Lectina section of the Upper Room website.  This page also has a weekly lectio divina audio series for this Lent.  Be sure to check it out here!

A thorough explanation of the practice of lectio divina can be found here.

The Praying in Color website has a detailed explanation of this week’s guided drawing exercise here.

Additional resources for the week of March 13-20

TBD.

Additional resources for Holy Week

Here are links to each of the Holy Week readings referenced in our devotional:

Palm Sunday: Luke 19:28-40
Monday: John 12:1-11
Tuesday: John 12:20-36
Wednesday: John 13:21-32
Maundy Thursday: John 13:1-17, 31b-35
Good Friday: John 18:1-19:42
Holy Saturday: Matthew 27:57-66 or John 19:38-42