Lent is upon us and the weather magnifies the heaviness of the season. Have you had a chance this week to slow down and focus on your spirit? On Sunday evening I posted the poem, the Steps, and the scripture reading we used in worship that morning, and invited you to contemplate them. I also included some spiritual practices to try in an effort to name what we are tempted by.
Were you able to take a few minutes and tend to your spirit? Lent need not be a bleak and lonely season. It can be a time when we invite God into the broken places, the wilderness places, in our own lives. It can also provide a space to explore the rough edges of our community and invite the Spirit to smooth them into something beautiful and new.
Lent is the perfect season to examine more closely our spiritual health as individuals and as a community. If it is too much for you to contemplate your personal brokenness, perhaps you could spend some time thinking about the community and where we might be stuck, or tempted to remain as we are, or where we need to invite God in.
Whatever you do during this season, my hope is that you find time to slow down, take a few deeper breaths, and seek the presence of God. You don’t have to change everything to experience something new in this sacred season. A few minutes a day with the intention of seeking God is enough to begin the journey.
If you’ve tried a new or intentional spiritual practice this week and are open to sharing it, please share in a comment. We are in this together and can benefit from one another’s experiences.
May we all take some time to name where we are broken, expose those rough places to the power of the Holy One, and trust in the possibility of resurrection.
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