Lent is just around the corner. Some might think that it is just one more thing to add to my daily challenges. I can understand that. Can I suggest another option? As part of Lent what one thing could you drop from your life that would give you a little time to squeeze in some time with God. I would recommend as your pastor this one change might just add to your life more than you know.
This year, I will be exploring six disciplines of the faith as presented in Richard Foster’s classic book, “Celebration of Discipline.” It was written in 1978 but is still considered an excellent source for exploring your relationship with God.
The disciplines that I will reflect upon in various medias are Meditation/Prayer, Study, Service, Simplicity, Submission and Fasting. I will make available a resource sheet at church and online that will give you examples of things to do and questions to stir your imagination. Some of these disciplines you may want to do daily. Some you may just do once. Some just may not work for you. But I am asking you to consider these instead of giving up chocolate.
My plan/hope is to connect with those of you on Facebook and hear about your stories of way you have practiced these disciplines that might excite someone else to try. Our Tuesday evening Taize services will be based upon these themes. My idea is to generate an excitement around connecting with God.
As an example, I was recently in a very low and confused place in my life. I have developed friends in the area with whom I share personal faith stories. During this down time, I asked one of my friends to keep me in her prayers. I soon discovered she was going to have a very serious heart exams and she asked the same of me. Right after that conversation I ran into two other people who asked that I pray for them. That sense of community beyond the doors and community of the church is so helpful to my understanding of God and his love. The love for God that I share with these people beyond our doors helps me see God in the world.
That is but one way that these disciplines keep me in touch with Jesus. I will be sharing other examples during Lent and hope you can share yours with me.
In His Service