Over the last few years, I’ve come to believe that the 40 days leading up to Easter can be some of the most life-giving, perspective-changing, hope-filled days of the entire year—not just for me, but for you.
This is the moment in the church calendar when we get to prepare our hearts and minds for the resurrection of Jesus at Easter. Past years have plunged me into the Gospels, silenced my prayer life with shocking results, and exposed the layers of contempt in my heart. (You can read about those here).
Three years ago, we read the entire Bible during Lent. Two years ago, we read the entire New Testament. Last year, we read the Gospels. Tens of thousands from around the world responded. We were wonderstruck as pastors, churches, parents, kids, coworkers, and friends dove head first into the great big story of God.
That intense time of Bible reading is transformative spiritual discipline for me.