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People of faith are struggling these days as they watch unbelievable events unfold. The United States, once a refuge for immigrants, has closed its borders to many of the world’s most vulnerable citizens. Fear of people different from us has created an atmosphere of hatred, incivility, and violence. We are watching the unfolding of a global pandemic. We are living in a time of wilderness and exile.
Yet the wilderness is a familiar place for those who follow Jesus. Like Jesus, we spend 40 days in the wilderness. During Lent God calls us to examine ourselves, repent, and make room in our lives for the Holy One.
Walking in the Wilderness is meant to be a companion for readers’ journey through Lent. It may be studied by individuals or groups. The book includes daily reflections for Ash Wednesday through Easter. Sunday of each week introduces a spiritual practice for the wilderness. The practices for the six Sundays of Lent are Being Present, Lament, Lectio Divina, Trust, Compassion, and Hospitality.
Each reading contains a quotation from an Upper Room resource, a short scripture passage, an insightful reflection and prayer written by Richardson, and a single word for readers to carry with them throughout the day.
“We come hungry to this season of Lent,” Richardson writes, “hungry for words of life, for rituals of preparation, for disciplines to help us on our way.” Walking in the Wilderness provides a spiritual feast for readers during the longest season of the Christian year.