Lent 2024: Finding Jesus in the Desert


by Talashia Keim Yoder for MennoSnapshots, Mennonite Church USA and available here

Talashia Keim Yoder reframes Lenten confession and penitence with the life-giving ways we can find God in the desert.

Talashia Keim Yoder is a pastor at College Mennonite Church in Goshen, Indiana, where she lives with her husband, Daniel, and their two children. She is passionate about exploring faith at home and in other intergenerational settings. Talashia is also the theater director at Bethany Christian Schools and the writer behind “This is the Story” (godsstorygodssong.com) and “Building Faith” (buildingfaithfamily.com).

 Talashia is the author of Lent at Home 2024,” a downloadable worship guide for families, published by Mennonite Education Agency, an agency of MC USA.

Lent, like Advent, is a penitential season. Ooh, doesn’t that sound fun?! I’ll admit that I shy away from penitential, confessional language sometimes. I react to a Christian culture that has a history of over-emphasizing sinfulness. I believe that we, children of God, created in the image of God, are blessed, beloved and good at our core. […]

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