Day Two of Lent dawns. The ashes left a little smudge on the pillow. The journey continues . . .
The Matriarchs were asked to tell us how they and their congregations have made plans to go through Lent by responding to these prompts:
1. Your 2016 Lenten spiritual practice(s)
2. One wonderful Lenten congregational tradition or practice
3. The healthiest thing you are doing for yourself right now
Jennifer Burns Lewis begins the conversation:
1. I’m writing a note of gratitude per day in Lent. The inspiration for my 2016 Lenten Spiritual practice can be found here: http://livingourfaithstpauls.com/2016/02/08/forty-ways-to-care-for-your-soul-this-lent/ and also from April Davis Campbell, who did so every day for a year. (Amazing.)
2. The congregation I serve holds three services with a neighboring congregation in Lent. Two involve eating together and liturgy that moves me every single time.
3. The healthiest thing I’m doing for myself right now? I’m training for six 5Ks with my daughter in 2016. We live in different states, and train separately, but hold each other accountable. Thank you, Fitbit.
Jennifer Burns Lewis
Thank you, Jennifer! Six 5Ks?! My Fitbit is jealous. Best wishes!
Here’s what’s going on during my Lenten season:
1. I’m writing a prayer a day. It is daunting because it feels more like writing for an audience (beyond God) more than it feels like prayer. There’s the challenge — and the hope — and the need!
2. The UCC church I serve seems open to new rituals. Their small, intimate physical space is just right for a combined Maundy Thursday meal with Communion, followed by a Tenebrae in the Sanctuary. Work in progress . . .
3. Just in time for the Wilderness Lectionary text for this week, I am determined to drink more water. I am filling up my water bottle 4 times a day and staying hydrated.
Tidings of Comfort & Joy
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How about you, dear readers?
What Lenten ideas did you begin to put into practice on Day One? How is it going?
Play in the comments below! Thank you for sharing your ideas and thoughts on your Lenten practice(s).
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