Next Wednesday, I will be inviting us all to observe a holy Lent, by self examination and repentance, by prayer, fasting and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God's Holy Word. You'll notice that these are all possible things we can do. If you need a little more specificity, think about one of these options as a way of spiritually enriching your Lenten experience:
1. Give up your wants and buy only your needs. Give the money you save to your favorite charity.
2. Give up eating after dinner and use that inclination to munch as a reminder to pray.
3. Abstain from negativite words. Practice strengthening your verbal filter and holding back on language that discourages or condemns.
1. Attend Adult Sunday School during Lent and learn about the last week of Jesus' life as a way of deepening your devotion.
2. Volunteer to prepare soup and join us for Lenten Soup and Prayer on a Thursday nights.
3. Get more sleep. Many Americans are living in a continuously sleep deprived state. This damages them spiritually. Dreams are a way that God meets us and heals us. Just look at all the dreams in the Bible! Use this Lent to create a more sustainable sleep schedule. The Ignatian Prayer of Examen is a great way to enter rest. Before you sleep, try this:
1. Become aware of God’s presence.
2. Review the day with gratitude.
3. Pay attention to your emotions.
4. Choose one feature of the day and pray from it.
5. Look toward tomorrow.
It is my prayer that we draw closer to Jesus Christ as we turn our intentions toward Lent. Being confident of this very thing: that God who began a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ. (Phillipians 1:6) That "day of Jesus Christ" is a whole like Easter!
Rector's Corner posts written by Pastor Rebecca.