Lent day 6


Theme: Keeper


Psalm 121

I look to the hills!
Where will I find help?
It will come from the Lord,
who created the heavens
and the earth.
The Lord is your protector,
and he won’t go to sleep
or let you stumble.
The protector of Israel
doesn’t doze
or ever get drowsy.
The Lord is your protector,
there at your right side
to shade you from the sun.
You won’t be harmed
by the sun during the day
or by the moon at night.
The Lord will protect you
and keep you safe
from all dangers.
The Lord will protect you
now and always
wherever you go.


“We might expect the long-awaited Messiah to greet his new followers like the kings before him have—with a pompous coronation, with hunger to exert power and control over his populus. Instead, Jesus steps in line along the river’s edge, blending in with the crowds, joining in solidarity with those around him. Jesus doesn’t demand any attention, but as soon as the water washes over him, creation is summoned to celebrate. I imagine him wading into the waters and leaning back to receive the blessing that falls upon him like rain: ‘You are my beloved. I delight in you.’”
— from the artist statement for “I Delight in You” by Lisle Gwynn Garrity | @sanctifiedart

Reflection prompts

  • What images of God are comforting to you?
  • Where does your spirit need comfort?


Gracious God, Scripture says that you are my keeper, which floods me with
images of cradling hands softly catching me. I imagine I could slip through
your fingers if I wanted to—the freedom is there. However, as long as I want to
be here, you have me. What a comforting idea that is. I think I will stay. Amen.
—Prayer by Rev. Sarah Are | A Sanctified Art LLC |

Lent Study Groups

Visio Divina

During Lent there will be an opportunity to delve into the scriptures deeper through a process called Visio Divina. Study groups are online Wednesday 12:30pm. Studies begin Wednesday 24th February.

Visio Divina, latin for “divine seeing,” is a method of meditation, reflection, and prayer through a process of intentional seeing. Visio Divina extends the 6th century Benedictine practice of Lectio Divina by the use of visual imagery. Traditionally, Visio Divina was accompanied by Benedictine iconography and illuminations, however, different faith traditions have adapted the process over time, utilizing both secular and nonsecular images.

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