Online Lenten devotions offer college faculty and student voices; Reflections begin Feb. 25
Everyone needs a bit of silence and spiritual reflection to renew hope. Goshen College again offers an online spiritual resource to help Christian believers make time and space in their hearts and minds to reflect on the season of Lent.
Beginning Feb. 25 (Ash Wednesday) and culminating on April 12 (Easter), Goshen College students, faculty and staff will provide weekday reflections based on lectionary Scripture passages, available online, via RSS feed, or by daily e-mail (with new features as of Lent 2009).
Organizers said the devotions will reflect honestly on the Scriptures and offer words of assurances of faith. Many writers will reflect on the Lenten theme: “Our lives are in your hands…” The spiritual offerings will include poetry, personal stories, reflections and prayers, all intended to more closely examine the call to change and follow Christ.
The popularity of the devotions continues to grow each year and there are now more than 7,100 online subscribers, representing many different denominational backgrounds and countries. And when “Lenten devotions” is searched on Google, Goshen College devotions are listed as number two.
One devotion subscriber said, “I look forward to each day’s devotions and have found them very meaningful and inspirational.” Another commented, “I very much appreciate the devotions. They are written by real people, regular people. Thank you for providing this service.”
Since 2001, Goshen College annually celebrates special seasons of the church calendar, particularly Advent and Lent, with online devotions.