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Lent

Essays, poetry, short stories, and visual art for the liturgical seasons of Lent and Easter.

Bradford Johnson, Untitled, 1987. Mixed media. 12 x 28 x 3 inches.

Featured in Image issue 25.

Ash Wednesday, Unshowered

Poem by Anya Krugovoy Silver

Lent

Poem by Maurice Manning

Lent: Deformed Pussy Willow

Poem by Anya Krugovoy Silver

Gerald Folkerts, Chernobyl Nightmare, 1999. Oil on canvas. 60 x 54 ½ inches.

Read more in Calvin Seerveld’s essay, “Redemptive Grit: The Ordinary Artistry of Gerald Folkerts,” from Image issue 62.

Love Your Enemies for Lent

Peggy Rosenthal

personal reflection from our daily blog

A Writer’s Lent

Brian Volck

personal reflection from our daily blog

Doing the Fast

Caroline Langston

personal reflection from our daily blog

Soichi Watanabe, We Are One in Jesus Our Lord, 2008. Acrylic on canvas. 23 ½ x 31 ½ inches.

Read more in Rachel Hostetter Smith’s essay “The Thread that Weaves Life Together: Crossing Boundaries with the Charis Exhibition” in Image issue 65.

Short Stories

Ex Cathedra

John Biguenet

Lent

Kelcey Parker

Tenebrae

Lindsey Griffin

Bradford Johnson, Untitled, 1987. Mixed media. 12 x 28 x 3 inches.

Featured in Image issue 25.

Thawing at the Edges

Christiana N. Peterson

personal reflection from our daily blog

Poetry in a Season of Lament, Part 1

Sarah Arthur, Dick Allen, and Amit Majmudar

interview from our daily blog

Spiritus Mundi

Ann Conway

personal reflection from our daily blog

Jeffrey Mongrain. Blood Pool, 2006. Plexiglas. 47 x 88 x ¼ inches. Saint Peter’s Church, Columbia, South Carolina.

Read more in Gordon Fuglie’s essay, “Jeffrey Mongrain: An Iconography of Eloquence.”

Essays

Patty Wickman, Passion Painting, 1997. Oil on canvas. 60 x 90 inches.

Featured in Image issue 25. Read more about Patty Wickman.

March: Saint John the Divine

Poem by Elizabeth Spires

Lenten Complaint

Poem by Scott Cairns

The Shadow-Cross

Poem by Amit Majmudar

The Human Share

Poem by Bruce Bond

Bruce Herman, Second Adam: Via Contemplativa, 2008. Oil and alkyd resin with 23kt gold and silver leaf on wood.125 x 144 inches.

Read more this conversation between Bruce Herman and Walter Hansen in Image issue 62.

Late Easter, Spring Come Lately

Poem by Brett Foster

Topographies of Easter

Poem by John Terpstra

Easter Pantoum

Poem by John Terpstra

The Wounds of Resurrection

Christiana N. Peterson

personal reflection from our daily blog

The Lone Ranger’s Easter Narrative

Peggy Rosenthal

personal reflection from our daily blog

Lent (and lenten seasons of life) is about nurturing a posture that holds all things lightly, that ensures that our passions are subject to us and not the other way around. But Lent is a season that many of us fail to appreciate, in part because we’ve grown up with the impression that it is a time of vaguely spiritualized gloominess.

The contributors to God For Us: Rediscovering the Meaning of Lent and Easter offer a different perspective: by delving deeply into our Christian tradition they reveal that it is not about becoming lost in our brokenness but about cleansing the palate so that we can taste life more fully.

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