I don’t give things up for Lent. Instead, I add something. After all, Lent is not just about fasting; it’s about feasting. The whole reason for giving up something is to make more room for God in our lives — so that we can feast on God’s mercy. Adding a spiritual discipline is a great way to observe Lent. It can draw you into a heightened awareness of God’s presence in your daily life and truly prepare you for the celebration of Easter.
It all begins with carving out time for God. Admittedly, this sounds impossible. Our days are so full that one more thing on the to-do list just might push us over the edge. But when we take time for God, we are refueled. It changes the way we perceive our lives, and our burdens feel lighter.
Time for God in prayer, reading the Bible, or choosing a simple repetitive prayer to repeat throughout the day are all ways to feast on God’s mercy this Lent.
This message is excerpted from “Three Ways to Add Something for Lent” by Laura Gentry in the March 2018 Cafe online magazine.
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