The Poetry of Lent

This devotional resource is intended for most adults & families with kids 6th Grade and up. For Kids 6th grade and below, or anyone interested in a more visual and creative devotional resource click “Lent for Families” in the Left Column.

The Journey of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday March 6th and lasts until Easter Sunday April 21st.  Every journey needs a guide - and what better guide to the 40 days of Lent than the beloved poet, Mary Oliver? Winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, Oliver is widely celebrated as an accessible, insightful observer of the natural world, the life of faith, and the interplay between the two.



Imagine a six-week journey with Oliver at your side, illuminating ancient passages of scripture; provoking bite-sized meditations on key Lenten themes; and pointing toward everyday practices for individuals and families. All you need is the devotional (download at the link below or you can pick up a copy at church) a Bible, and a copy of Oliver’s wonderful collection, Devotions 
(the poems can also be found by searching online).


The Book

The “Poetry of Lent” Devotion is a companion to Mary Oliver’s Book “Devotions” which you can purchase, or borrow from the library, or find by searching for each poem online. Carefully curated, the 200 plus poems feature Oliver's work from her very first book of poetry, No Voyage and Other Poems, published in 1963 at the age of 28, through her most recent collection, Felicity, published in 2015. This timeless volume, arranged by Oliver herself, showcases the beloved poet at her edifying best. Within these pages, she provides us with an extraordinary and invaluable collection of her passionate, perceptive, and much-treasured observations of the natural world.


The Bible

The “Poetry of Lent” devotional is rooted in scripture. We invite you to use your own bible but if you are interested in a digital equivalent we encourage you to use the bible app, or the website which allow you to jump between many of your favorite translations and adds a number of tools to your study.