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We began the observation of Lent on Ash Wednesday, gathering for communion and reflection.   Throughout the 40 days of Lent, people often engage in prayer, fasting and acts of love to deepen their experience of the season and strengthen their relationship with God. 

Practices to consider:

Paying attention to your prayer life is a good practice and urges us to listen for the still small voice of God.  Consider writing down your prayers, keeping a journal of conversations with God, or try walking meditation as a way to pray.  Partner with someone to pray with during the 40 days of Lent.

Fasting doesn't have to be about food.  Exercise restraint with screen time or television or social media.  Give this time over to prayer or spending time with family or friends or writing letters or other acts of caring and kindness.

Acts of love can be big or small -- offering a helping hand to someone at home or in your neighborhood,  volunteering to do a new task at church or school.  or greeting strangers with a smile or with a greeting of “Good morning”  when you are out in public.  

Simply taking time that is intentionally set aside to be aware of those around you and to give of yourself to the glory of God -- and not self -- is an important spiritual practice.  

Lent is a very specific period of time --six weeks -- for us to raise our awareness of who we are as people of faith and remember to whom we belong.  I look forward to sharing this time with you.

Blessings on your Lenten journey!