- How did you observe Ash Wednesday today?
- What are you planning for your Lenten discipline?
Reading: Psalm 51: James 1: 12-18
The Lenten Season is the time when many people give something up. They promise for about six weeks not to eat chocolate, consume alcohol, or do other things. Lent is a time for repentance and it has been tradition in many church circles to symbolize repentance by giving up something for the Lenten season.
I heard a neat idea one year. Instead of giving something up for Lent, why not promise to DO something during Lent. For instance, why not decide to shovel snow for a neighbor for free during Lent. Why not decide to be nicer to people and smile at them more during Lent. As it says in James, every generous act is a gift from God.
I like the movie “Pay It Forward.” The idea of doing something nice for someone else, even random acts of kindness, makes my heart warm. I heard recently of someone who paid for a veteran’s lunch at a local restaurant; I also heard about someone who when they went through the drive-through, their morning coffee had already been paid for.
I've given up certain foods for Lent and I have found that I continue not to eat those foods well after the Lenten season is over. If we can start a positive change in our lives during Lent and it carried on, how much better will our lives be? --Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
Closing: Check out these ideas for your Lenten Journey from an ELCA congregation in Colorado http://www.patheos.com/blogs/nadiabolzweber/2012/02/house-for-all-sinners-and-saints-40-ideas-for-keeping-a-holy-lent/