March 10, 2019
by Candace Kostna, Family Ministry Coordinator

Our day-to day lives are filled with so many things – work, school, household chores, kids’ activities, appointments, caring for family members, and to-do lists that never seem to end. Throw in keeping up with current events or dealing with challenges, and this list could go on and on. Sometimes we may even be on the go from morning to night and then wonder where the day went…or the week went …is it really almost the middle of March??? When will things slow down?

We all have had this “hamster in a wheel” experience – getting caught up, or even lost, in our routines and the busyness of life. A wilderness, so to speak. Where does our faith fit in? Where is God in all of this?

We are now in the season of Lent – the 40 days (not including Sundays) before Easter that represents Jesus’ 40 days of fasting in the wilderness before beginning his public ministry. (See Matthew 4:1-11; Mark 1:12-13; and Luke 4:1-13). This is a time in the church year that we focus on reflection,  repentance, prayer and fasting, and sacrificial giving as we prepare to celebrate Jesus’ death, his resurrection on Easter Sunday, and the new life we are given.

As disciples of Jesus, worship, prayer and service are part of our lives. Yet, sometimes these can get lost in the hustle and bustle of all the other things going on. Lent is an opportunity for us the hit the pause button and reset our normal routines to include more spiritual practices in our lives of faith. Spiritual practice can encompass a variety of things:

  • establishing a regular devotion time with family and friends
  • meditation and prayer
  • saying the Lord’s Prayer, the words Jesus taught us, each day in Lent
  • consider “fasting” from something as a spiritual discipline. Maybe a food? Or a habit? An activity? What might you “give up” to make room to grow in faith?
  • reaching out to those in need
  • practicing “acts of kindness”
  • connecting with our faith community at our Soup and Study evenings

During this Lenten season, think about what you might do as a spiritual practice.  No matter what we choose, may we remember this discipline is a means of bringing us out of our wilderness and closer to God. Our faith is strengthened as we put our trust in Jesus Christ. May we all take time to pause and reset, to grow in our relationship with God and others.

Together we grow in faith!

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