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Lenten devotional readings from the United Church of Christ's 2018 Lenten Devotional, Lovers and Fools


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"Souls In Prison"


Lent begins February 14. So does Lovers and Fools: 2018 Lent Devotional from the UCC's Stillspeaking Writers' Group. This fresh collection of unique Lenten devotions includes a scripture verse and prayer for each day of Lent.

As Christians, we always live between two calendars. We celebrate a new year in November. We're confused when our pastor insists on green paraments for the first week in July, not red, white, and blue. We set aside this season for solemn study and reflection, and to the rest of the world it remains six ordinary weeks between Valentine's and April Fool's Day.
How then should we observe this crowded season? What does Lent have to do with lovers and fools?
Since the answer to every question in a children's sermon is either “love” or “Jesus,” maybe that one's easy. But is Lent for fools?
Leave your ashes on for that romantic dinner, and you may have your answer. Or tell one of your smart Atheist friends you believe in the Resurrection.

Not convinced? Take it from Paul: “The message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God...God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong...” (I Corinthians 1:18, 27)

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Earlier readings:


February 14, 2018


February 17, 2018


February 20, 2018


February 23, 2018


February 26, 2018


March 1, 2018


March 4, 2018


March 7, 2018


March 10, 2018


March 13, 2018



February 15, 2018


February 18, 2018


February 21, 2018


February 24, 2018


February 27, 2018


March 2, 2018


March 5, 2018


March 8, 2018


March 11, 2018


March 14, 2018


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