Lent is walking on a journey with your faith community to become closer to God. Lent calls us to faith practices to deepen our prayer life and our study of Scripture. Maybe it would be the traditional three faith practices that Christians since ancient times have used to prepare their hearts for Easter: prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.
Maybe you could spend some time in daily solitude and reflection. Or make time to read books on topics related to faith and spirituality. Many of us struggle with quiet time and meditation. This is the season to address that.
Lent is a time to take inventory of how we live our lives, and also, to repent of our sins. This doesn’t mean we should beat ourselves up for our shortcomings, though that is a temptation. We need to focus on a closer, cozier life with Jesus. More intentional. It might require hard work! Don’t focus on your mistakes; focus on where we draw our hope.
This is adapted from a reflection written by Kate Elliott, that was published on the Women of the ELCA blog. Today is the fifth Sunday in Lent.