On Ash Wednesday I, as many others would have, urged my community:
“I invite you, in the name of Christ, to observe a holy Lent by self-examination and repentance, by prayer, fasting, self-denial, and giving to those in need, and by reading and meditating on the word of God.”
For some, yes, they will give up things for Lent. For many, here in post-quake Christchurch/Canterbury, they have already given up far more than they ever would have imagined they could bear. My community will raise funds to give to those in need – we usually give away around $10,000 from a Lent Appeal. But I want to particularly focus on reading and meditating on the word of God.
The psalms have long been a framework for my spiritual life. But I want to deepen this more this Lent. And I will focus on the psalms this Lent in my community.
What other ideas do you have for Lent?