Season 15: Lent Week 2 | Consenting to God’s Will Deep Within

What is it about leaders that we seem to struggle so much with the temptation to take matters into our own hands and “help” God out when we distrust His plans or when we are impatient with His timing? And what is our transformational moment when we realize we’ve been pushing our own agenda and trying to take back control? This week Ruth and Steve discuss this temptation to impose our own will onto God’s will and the opportunity Lent provides to practice letting go of our own plans and surrendering to God’s will deep within.

Lectionary readings for the second Sunday of Lent, Cycle C:
Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18  • Psalm 27  •  Philippians 3:17-4:1  •  Luke 13:31-35 or Luke 9:28-36, (37-43a)



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Mentioned in the episode:
The Human Condition by Thomas Keating
Iona Abbey Worship Book


Find all of our lent resources here.
Practicing Lent for spiritual leaders with books Ruth recommends for Lent
Guerrillas of Grace: Prayers for the Battle by Ted Loder

Music Credit:
Kingdom Come by Aaron Niequist
Prayer for Healing from Lent Music In Solitude

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