Over the last few weeks I have been thinking about the Lenten season as an opportunity to practice both an embrace and a refrain for 40 days. However, I was having a bugger of a time figuring out what to do! Our church is practicing a daily prayer and lectionary reading during Lent. I was planning on incorporating this into whatever I decided, but I was really struggling with the rest. Thankfully, Rachel Held Evans wrote a helpful post yesterday: 40 Ideas for Lent. I took a couple ideas from there and came up with a plan:
- I joined the Lenten Wilderness Meditation Practice: Spend 10-20 minutes each day outside in prayer / meditation / just being (rain, snow, or shine). What a great idea, and it will work perfect to do alongside the daily prayer and lectionary reading.
No Meat: From RHE: “Traditionally, Christians abstained from eating meat during Lent, so consider joining millions of Christians around the world in this fast. It’s a great way to feel connected to the historical, worldwide church.” I have been thinking lately that I would like to reduce my consumption of meat anyway, mainly for the health benefits. This will be a good opportunity to move in that direction as well.