This morning at 8 a.m., we learned that Molly Brant had defeated Swithun to earn a spot in the Saintly Sixteen. This will be the only Sunday morning voting result of Lent Madness 2015. For many Lent Madness fans, today will be hard, because this is the first day in Lent without any voting. People will be twiddling their thumbs, constantly refreshing their web browsers, or scouring their homes for something purple. This unsettled feeling is familiar to veterans here, and it’s called Lent Madness Withdrawal (LMW). This one day won’t be so bad, but future weekends will involve two days without voting. So to help with LMW, and even more important, to suggest some other ways to engage Lenten practices, we thought we’d share a few ideas.
Although the Supreme Executive Committee commends Lent Madness to every man, woman, child, dog, and ferret, we also acknowledge that the saintly smackdown is only part of a well-rounded diet of Lenten discipline. As we wrote on Ash Wednesday, “This Lenten season, we invite you to draw closer to our Lord Jesus. Give up those things which keep you away from Jesus. Take on those things that bring you closer to Jesus.”
Here are a few ideas for Lenten practices that might bring you closer to Jesus.
- Episcopal Relief & Development has produced some excellent daily devotions for the Lenten season. You can read these online for free, although the SEC encourages you to make a donation to support their work.
- Our official sponsor, Forward Movement, has an entire section of their vast online store devoted to Lenten and Easter resources. Check them out. Because Lent has already begun, you might especially check out their collection of ebooks, available for Kindle, Nook, and iBook.
- The brothers at the Society of St. John the Evangelist (SSJE) are releasing daily videos on the theme “It’s time to…Stop, Pray, Work, Play & Love. There’s also a free workbook for download.
- Anglicans Online lists an array of resources for this season from around the Anglican Communion.
- Check out #LivingLent from the Episcopal Diocese of Texas.
- Make sure you learn about the offerings at your local church. Online activities are great, but even the SEC encourages Christians to be part of an in-person worshipping community and a small group for study.
There are lots more resources. Please leave your favorites in the comments. And set your alarms, because the voting resumes tomorrow morning as Hadewijch takes on Juan Diego starting at 8 a.m. EST.