Lent is the liturgical season of forty days which leads us into Holy Week. As it often comes close to the time of the spring equinox, I often like to think of it as a time of spiritual “spring cleaning.” Maybe it is better thought of as an intentional time of renewal. Traditionally it was a time to focus on the spiritual disciplines of prayer, fasting and almsgiving. These practices are still a good guide for us today.
How might I spend a little more time in intentional reflection with God? A daily bit of scripture with a devotional reading? A few moments of quiet reflection each morning on what I am grateful for? Simply finding some regular moments of silence? Make a commitment to come to Sunday worship each week? Participate in mid-week worship?
How can I practice some form of “fasting’? What needs to be let go of for a while? Maybe time in front of the TV, computer or phone? Maybe fast from the temptation of Facebook? Maybe I am being a bit too consumed with sugar, alcohol or unhealthy foods? Maybe it is time to intentionally part from an unhealthy habit?
To what might I direct some of my financial or material resources? Might I spend the time considering my current offering to Peace and the possibility of increasing my monthly giving? Maybe I can make it more regular by signing up for Simply Giving. Maybe I could make a gift to our mission of the month for the first time. Maybe someone in my family might have a need. Maybe it is time to donate some unused items around the house to a local charity.
Please also give serious consideration to joining on for our mid-week Lenten Soup Supper and Worship. We will be learning and growing together about the practice of spiritual discernment.
Wednesdays, March 13, 20, 27, April 3, 10
6:00 pm Soup Supper, 7:00 pm Holden Evening Prayer, with scripture/reflection
For I know well the plans I have in mind for you, says the LORD, plans for your welfare, not for woe! Plans to give you a future full of hope. When you call to me, when you go to pray to me, I will listen to you. When you look for me, you will find me. Yes, when you seek me with all your heart, you will find me with you, says the LORD. (Jeremiah 29:11-14a, NAB)