Lent: Week 2

This year for Lent, I’m working through the Beauty in the Common Lent Guide. Part of this guide is a photo challenge. Here is my second week! If you’re interested in joining me on this Lenten journey, check out the guide in the link above. You can find week one here.

Day 13: Beauty in the Simple

I received a sweet note in the mail from my friend Lauren, who I’ve known since 6th grade. To be honest, our letters aren’t full of anything super special- they are just our ways of keeping in touch. I find beauty in the subtle ways we encourage each other and work to stay part of each other’s lives.

“Friends come and friends go, but a true friend sticks by you like family.” -Proverbs 18:24

Day 14: Beauty in Traditions

Growing up, my parents loved traditions, especially ones that embraced our heritage. We ate challah bread and latkes on Christmas as a nod to our Jewish side (my Jewish grandpa also told me Santa Claus wore a yarmulke), we left our shoes out for St. Nicholas Day (Belgian/German tradition). On St. Patrick’s Day, my favorite holiday, the leprechauns visited our house and left a glittery trail, leading us to a pot of chocolate gold coins and Lucky Charms! Even as an adult, I still buy Lucky Charms around St. Patrick’s Day.

“Point your kids in the right direction- when they’re old they won’t be lost.” -Proverbs 22:6

Day 15: Beauty in Sacrifice

I’m pretty privileged. There isn’t really anything I’ve had to sacrifice in my life, at least anything major. But I’m constantly in awe of the sacrificial love of parents, including my own. As an adult, I better understand the sacrifices of their own dreams and goals so that my brother and I could and can follow our own.

“We love because He first loved us.” -1 John 4:19

Day 16: Beauty in Respite

Lately I’ve been struggling finding beauty in rest. There are days when I’m so content with where I’m at. And then I go online and let the pain of comparison steal my joy. I posted a blog post with more about this idea.

“God rewrote the text of my life when I opened the book of my heart to his eyes.” -2 Samuel 22:25

Days 17, 18 & 19: Beauty in the Unraveled, Transparent & Unexpected

These are tough words to find beauty in sometimes. But I think a lot of stories of redemption in this book follow those three things. What I’ve learned throughout my life and through this book is that no one is perfect. The church is far from perfect. But when we get it right and show love and vulnerability, the beautiful and unexpected happen.

“My dear children, let’s not just talk about love; let’s practice real love.” -1 John 3:18

Follow along and join the journey on instagram with the hashtag: #beautyinthecommon

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