Tuesday, February 17, 2015

It's That Time Again

Tomorrow is Ash Wednesday, which reminds me that last year, on the night before Lent started we were eating pancakes with friends to celebrate Shrove Tuesday.  Obviously that tradition will not be repeated this year!  Oops. :)

Though Ash Wednesday is not something I remember taking part in as a family when I was a young kid, I've grown to appreciate it (and the season of Lent) a great deal, beginning with my time in campus ministry during college.  To me, Lent is a time to sort of put on the breaks, "return to the Lord," and in essence push the reboot button in life. 

We've had a few unexpected things come our way in the last several weeks, so I'm looking forward to this Lenten season and the more meditative style of worship that we offer on Wednesdays.  I will also be joining some friends of mine in doing Brene Brown's "The Gifts of Imperfection" on-demand course over Lent and am greatly looking forward to that spiritual practice.

There are a variety of practices that people take on for the season of Lent-- everything from giving up something, to giving away 40 bags of clothing/household goods, and eating a meal of rice and beans once a week and then giving the money you saved to the food shelf.  I've never really taken on the practice of giving something up in the past, but just the other day, this image came up on my Facebook feed and I thought it was worth sharing.  It's good food for thought.

http://gs4nj.org/40-things-the-give-up-for-lent-the-list/


No matter how you choose to observe Ash Wednesday and the season of Lent, I pray this season will be a time of refreshment and renewal for you, drawing you deeper into relationship with God and reminding you that you are God's beloved child, forgiven, whole, and set free.

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