Devotionals about Lent


Named, Adopted, Sent

Read: John 20:1-18 Jesus said to her, “Mary.” (v. 16) In John’s Gospel, Mary sees but cannot see. Mary is stuck in darkness until Jesus opens her eyes to see the


A Burial Fit for a King

Read: John 19:38-42 . . . a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds in weight. (v. 39) Jesus’s burial was performed by two men, Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus. Both were


It is Finished

Read: John 19:28-30 He said, “It is finished.” (v. 30) At the culmination of the gospel story are Jesus’s words “It is finished.” And then death, and three days later, resurrection.


Curtain Torn in Two

Read: Mark 15:33-39 The curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. (v. 38) During the Covid-19 pandemic, as an American living in Canada, I could not



Read: John 19:16-25 . . . The Place of the Skull, which in Aramaic is called Golgotha. (v. 17) Sometimes, where something takes places matters. Sand from the beaches of Normandy means something


Simon the Cyrene

Read: Matthew 27:32-37 They compelled this man to carry [Jesus’s] cross. (v. 32) I don’t think this was how Simon thought his day would go. Since Simon was from the distant


Trial before Pilate

Read: John 18:28-40 Are you the King of the Jews? (v. 33) What kind of king do we actually want? Do we want a ruler like Pilate, or are we willing


Peter’s Denial

Read: Luke 22:54-62 Woman, I do not know him. (v. 57) Jesus stood before the high priest and religious leaders. They questioned him about his identity and brought false witnesses (Matt.



Read: Mark 14:43-52 The one I will kiss is the man. (v. 44) Those you love the most can also hurt you the most. When a friend decides not to spend