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Turning From Shadow to Light

2019 Lenten Family Devotion

From Reverend Chris Henry, Senior Pastor, Second Presbyterian Church:
“On Sunday mornings throughout Lent, we are contemplating some of the shadows of our faith and our lives, asking ourselves what it means to be Living in the Shadows. Our hope is that in facing these shadows together we might grow deeper in faith and trust in God.”

From Reverend Caroline Dennis, Associate Pastor for Children and Family:
We offer this Lenten Family Devotion for families to use Lent as a daily practice of conversation, Bible study, prayer and blessing to support our congregational intention to face the shadows together, growing deeper in faith and trust in God.  

Forty Daily Devotions:
Daily family devotions from Ash Wednesday to the Saturday before Easter are based on a family practice called Faith Five, from Faith Incubators (  The five steps are:

  1. Share:  Each family member shares their highs and lows for the day.  
  2. Read:  Read the daily Bible verse or story.
  3. Talk: Talk about how the Bible verse or story relates to the highs and lows of the day.
  4. Pray: Pray for one another’s highs and lows.
  5. Bless: Each member of the family is blessed by another member of the family.  Here are two blessings you might use:

You are a beloved child of God.  Live your life in the sure knowledge that you have been claimed by God’s grace and wrapped in God’s love.
From the Baptism liturgy at Second Presbyterian Church, Indianapolis

The Lord bless you and keep you;
the Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you;
the Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace.

Numbers 6:24-26

Little Easters
Each Sunday is a little Easter, a day to celebrate the amazing light of the Resurrection!  Devotions on this day invite families to spend time with the stories shared in worship as they face shadows illuminated by the light of Christ.  Families add decorations to the shadow cross until on Easter Sunday a glorious bright Easter Cross is revealed.

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