Lent is a time of self-reflection; a time of looking inward; a time of turning away from that which is damaging and destructive and turning toward that which is healing and life-giving. That Lenten work will look differently for each of us. For example, the challenge of simplifying our use of money will elicit a broad variety of responses tailored to each person or family’s situation. I love how we can share the journey of faith as brothers and sisters in Christ and at the same time have that journey be as unique as our fingerprints.
Our spiritual practices are an outward and physical sign of an inward and spiritual truth. They shape us from the outside in. So let me ask you: have you made space in your busy world for Lent yet? Have you cleaned out a junk drawer? Gotten rid of something that you don’t need? Scrubbed a neglected corner or your home or office or machine shed? These outward signs help our souls expand for Lent. On Ash Wednesday, our custodian Lori Kahler and I cleaned out the church closet across the hall from the music office. I can’t say that I particularly enjoyed the task, but I did indeed feel an inner space and readiness to engage the journey of Lent!
Another opportunity for you is the upcoming enneagram classes. The enneagram is a personality tool to help people grow in self-awareness. The enneagram also offers direction for healing and balance in each of our lives. Jeff and I use the enneagram in our marriage and we also use it within the church staff. We will offer classes on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. in the conference room on March 19, 26 and April 2. You can learn more about the enneagram by googling it. You can also take a test on-line to see which of the nine numbers you are. That is a beginning place of determining your personality type.
Sometimes I find Lent to be rather dark and dreary. This year I am finding it to be an exciting journey toward healing and wholeness! I’m glad that I get to share it with you.
On the journey with you,
P.S. Our books Simplifying the Soul: Lenten Practices for Renewing the Spirit by Paula Huston will come in this week. Meanwhile, I am tweeting a daily thought that followings the daily practices that Paula Huston suggests. You can follow me on Twitter @revcarolmyers or on Facebook.