Here is the first of the Lenten practices that I am recommending to the congregation. Each week in Lent, there will be a card in the bulletin with pretty small and manageable meditations and practices to try out during the week. Someone might say, “We have much bigger problems in the world that we need to deal with!” True. But one of those problems is feeling helpless and that there is nothing we can do. Starting on a small scale, we need to build up our confidence that faith in God can change our life in real ways. And we also might need to get in the habit of applying lessons from church on more days of the week than just Sunday. So try it–and report back by commenting below. I’d love to hear what works and what doesn’t work for you.
Lenten Disciplines: Unplug for the Free Gift (March 5-11)
We forget how affected we are by all our connections. Sometime during the week, set an hour aside to unplug. Find a quiet place to sit, meditate, and pray. Turn off all your devices. Consider also turning off external heat and energy use. (Sit by a wood stove, or sit in a sunny window.) Spend 20 minutes contemplating all the ways your typical day is compromised by the compacts and deals we make with employers, governing agencies, social conventions, and the companies on which we depend for power and information. Consider by contrast the natural world visible all around us, which gives life without making demands, without making “deals.”
Think of three ways you can treat the world as a place of care, outside of any deal.
Try a prayer like this: “Creator God, help me act in the world to bring the free gift of care and service.
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