Lent Offering from the Brothers

IN THE MIDST meets us where we are: in this world marked by our mess, fear, despair, violence, and death. Can it be true that God is here, in our experience of pain and grief? Join the Brothers of SSJE in this five-part exploration of the invitation that waits in even the hardest, messiest parts of life.

Five meditations to read, hear, or watch.
Resources of reflection prompts, questions, and practices.
For individuals or groups. We hope you will join us
IN THE MIDST.

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In the Midst

Week 1: Our Mess

Do you believe that Jesus saves?

What about that Jesus heals? Br. Keith Nelson puts his finger on our doubts, as well as on our need for exactly the saving help that Jesus offers unconditionally to us all. Imperfect, broken, even forsaken as we might sometimes feel, Jesus actually meets us exactly where we are. All we have to do is invite Jesus in – mess and all – and let the transformation begin.

Healing | Mess | Transformation

Week 2: Fear

Storms of fear can suddenly engulf our lives, whether through personal tragedies, health issues, or unforeseen suffering, leaving us feeling small and powerless. Drawing from the teachings of Jesus and the Hebrew scriptures, Br. David Vryhof explores the universal, human experience of fear, one that even Jesus surely shared with us. Reflecting on Jesus' own hidden years and his eventual mastery over fear, this meditation invites us to trust in the transformative power of God's steadfast love.

Take Jesus as his word:

we need not be afraid.

Fear | Trust | Transformation

Week 3: Despair

Facing a personal crisis at age 19, Br. Lucas Hall was feeling lost and empty. In a moment of desperation, despite rejecting religion for years prior, Lucas prayed for guidance, only to receive in response a a cold, dark nothingness. This deeply personal narrative of a transformative experience of vulnerability invites us into the

dark and challenging places of our own hearts,

where idols might need to be overthrown before we can move into greater wholeness.

Destruction | Idolatry | Conversion