Lenten online devotions from Goshen College begin Feb. 9 at www.goshen.edu/devotions

Monday, January 31, 2005

Lenten online devotions from Goshen College begin Feb. 9 at www.goshen.edu/devotions

Beginning Feb. 9 and culminating on Easter, Goshen College students, faculty and staff will provide weekday reflections based on lectionary Scripture passages, available online or by daily e-mail. Organizers said the devotions reflect honestly on the Scriptures and offer words of the assurances of faith. Many writers will reflect on the Lenten theme: “Marvelous in our eyes!”

Organizers intend the daily devotions to provide the opportunity for a moment of pause and peace, presenting the thoughts of believers to accompany individual Lenten devotions. The spiritual offerings will include poetry, personal stories, reflections and prayers, all intended to more closely examine the call to change and follow Christ.

Goshen College Campus Minister Sylvia Shirk Charles said believers can benefit by observing the Lenten season that leads to Easter. “It is necessary to offer ourselves to God each day of the year, but the Lenten season – as we examine the astonishing gift of Christ’s life and death and new life – can be a time to especially examine ourselves to determine what in our own lives needs to be made new,” she said. “During Lent, we prepare to celebrate resurrection, but we need time for deep reflection. The process can’t all be done in a day.”

Goshen College annually celebrates the special seasons of the church calendar, Advent and Lent, with online devotions. To access the devotions or sign-up to receive them in your inbox, go to: http://www.goshen.edu/devotions .

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.”

Editors: For more information about this release, to arrange an interview or request a photo, contact Goshen College News Bureau Director Jodi H. Beyeler at (574) 535-7572 or jodihb@goshen.edu.

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Goshen College, established in 1894, is a residential Christian liberal arts college rooted in the Anabaptist-Mennonite tradition. The college’s Christ-centered core values – passionate learning, global citizenship, compassionate peacemaking and servant-leadership – prepare students as leaders for the church and world. Recognized for its unique Study-Service Term program, Goshen has earned citations of excellence in Barron’s Best Buys in Education, “Colleges of Distinction,” “Making a Difference College Guide” and U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” edition, which named Goshen a “least debt college.” Visit www.goshen.edu.

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