Bread for the Journey
When I was a little girl, I would spend summers with my grandparents on the family homestead. It was a modest little farm with a small house that contained a very big kitchen. That kitchen was the “heart” of the house. It was where we gathered for meals and where we shared the news of the day. I can’t ever remember a time when that kitchen, with its wood burning stove, didn’t smell of baking bread and buns. My Grandmother kneaded dough every day, so the beautiful smell of baking bread pervaded the house all the time, or so it seemed to me. What a beautiful gift for a wee nine-year old girl.
The booklet you hold in your hand is also a beautiful gift. It contains the thoughts, the dreams, the insights and the wisdom of a group of people who were asked to write the stories of their faith as they read and reflected on passages of scripture. Their reflections offer you “bread for the journey” during the upcoming Lenten Season. The aroma of their deep spirituality lingers and wafts through every page, offering you much food for thought.
This year, a short prayer is offered with each reflection. I have written these prayers to help you focus your thoughts and give thanks to God for the journey of your life. You are, of course, encouraged to pray your own prayers because you know your own needs far better than I.
I take this opportunity to thank every individual who said “Yes” (sometimes with trepidation!) to writing a reflection. They are courageous women and men. Why? Because to speak of our faith and then to share it with others is not typical for us in the United Church. We prefer to leave that to the perceived expert—the Minister! But each person who took the time to reflect and write is surely ministering to us, offering us bread for the journey as we travel through the six weeks of Lent. I offer a special word of thanks to Marlene Hielema for formatting the booklet, sharing her beautiful photographs and then posting the reflections on our website.
I encourage you to use this booklet as a resource for you as you embark on your Lenten journey, commencing on Ash Wednesday and continuing through to Easter Sunday. Find a quiet corner, bring your Bible down from the shelf, scan the passages and then read the reflection for that particular day. You might even jot down a reflection of your own.
Devote 15 minutes every day to spending time with God, your Bible and your good friends from Knox, represented in this booklet.
My deepest prayer is that your faith will be enriched and you will find “bread for the journey” through what is offered here. May your faith be uplifted and renewed by the reflections of the folks from Knox who are journeying through Lent with you.
Blessings for your Lenten journey, Linda
If you wish, you can download a pdf of the complete Lenten Reflections Booklet here.