During the Lenten season, staff and church leaders will share a daily devotional. Please join us on the journey.
12 At once the Spirit forced Jesus out into the wilderness. 13 He was in the wilderness for forty days, tempted by Satan. He was among the wild animals, and the angels took care of him. – Mark 1:12-13
Pretzel – Prayer – Lent
Richard Hamrick – Director of Worship Ministry
Anyone who has been on a diet has seen the benefits of choosing pretzels over those high fat, high sodium snack foods. Pretzels also have roots in prayer, especially during Lent.
The word, pretzel, comes to us from the countries of the Alps in Europe. This area has a long history of being a stronghold of the Catholic faith and still today if you travel in this region you will see many beautiful churches, cathedrals, monasteries, and religious icons. This is the area from which the pretzel has been passed down over time and become a popular snack food.
Pretzel means little arms. The dough is shaped in such a way to look like arms crossed in prayer. Pretzels are made without milk, eggs, or fats – items often ‘given up’ for lent. Today pretzels come in many shapes, sizes, and even flavors.
Pretzels are a great reminder for the protestant observation of Lent as a 40 day time of extended prayer and reflection as we prepare the fertile ground of our souls for the glories of the Easter season. This lent take some time to sit with a handful of pretzels and offer up this simple prayer:
Dear God, bless these pretzels and help us remember each time we eat them this season of Lent, a time for prayer. Help us to remember to pray for those who need our prayers each day. Keep your loving arms around us, O God, to protect us. In Jesus’ name we pray. AMEN