Today is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of another Lenten journey. A couple of years ago I wrote a bit about how I have struggled to successfully give something up for Lent. While the TV fast of ’09 was a good experience, I have decided this year to approach lent as an opportunity to readopt some disciplines that I have let slide.
Since being appointed to again serve in the church on 2/1/11 most of my scripture reading has been focused around sermon preparation. This isn’t the devotional practice I desire. To help focus my time in scripture and connection with God during these 40 days I’m using a reading program put together by Lawrence First as a part of Lenten Walking Program. Folks will be gathering on Saturday mornings for a light breakfast, a chance to reflect on the scriptures, and a walk on the property of Lawrence First’s West Campus.
I am also taking the opportunity to recommit myself to regular routines of exercise as a way of caring for my body and spirit. Over the last 18 months or so I have told myself countless times that I was going to get back into these healthy routines. Countless times I have not. So, my plan is to do sit-ups and stretch daily, to lift weights three times a week, and to walk/run as my healing ankle allows.
How about you? Are you doing anything intentional for Lent?