|Today, Ash Wednesday, is the first day of Lent. Lent Is the season of preparation for the Easter celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Easter is April 5 this year. Many Christians observe Lent by practicing a special spiritual discipline. It’s a way of paying attention to our faith, reflecting on what is important to us and why. It’s an opportunity to focus on and deepen our spiritual life.
The possibilities are endless. What would make this season meaningful for you? Is there a spiritual practice you would like to try? Here are some ideas.
Read one or more of the Gospels. Mark is the primary lectionary Gospel this year. It is the shortest Gospel, with 16 chapters.
Read the Psalms or another book of the Bible that speaks to you.
Read a spiritual book. If you aren’t in the Wednesday evening book group, I highly recommend Finding God in a Bag of Groceries by Laura Lapins Willis.
Practice a new form of prayer, such as contemplative prayer.
Keep a prayer journal.
Keep a gratitude journal.
Fast one meal a week and spend the time in prayer or practicing another spiritual discipline.
Practice almsgiving by giving generously to a charity of your choice.
Give your time by volunteering where needed.
Reconnect with family and friends.
Live more simply by decluttering your home or office with 40 bags in 40 days. See http://www.whitehouseblackshutters.com/40-bags-in-40-days-2015/
How will you observe Lent? What would feed your soul? What have you been meaning to do but haven’t gotten around to it? Lent is here. Now’s the time to treat yourself to a new spiritual practice.
Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal; but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. — Matthew 6:19-21