Lent is often seen as a revival of sorts. It is the time when the northern hemisphere moves from winter into spring. We see green shoots coming up from the ground. And when we see new growth, we think of the rebirth of spring. And so with Christianity, it’s a time of contemplation and renewal. We renew our vows to serve and often pledge to give up those things which we cherish. It’s a reminder of the sacrifices that Christ made for us.
The kind of yin and yang, the push and pull of the Lenten spirit and season is part of our continuing quest to try and live our lives in spiritual harmony.
As we seek to revive our own spirits, which are at times weak and can be low if we lose faith, we look inward to heal and to revive our souls. That is the spiritual necessity and the power of Lent. In this time, we are seeking to revive our flagging spirits and to restore our souls.
“The Fewer words, the better prayer”-Martin Luther
For the week:
On Monday & Tuesday: On Prayer & Giving
When you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your alms may be done in secret, and your Father, who sees in secret, will reward you.
And whenever you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, so that they may be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. But whenever you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father, who sees in secret, will reward you.
For Wednesday & Thursday: On Sleep
I will lie down and sleep in peace for You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in Safety.
Friday & through the Weekend: Turning your mind to higher thinking
Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things.