During Lent, we usually make time to serve one another and our community with volunteer work. We do have a few of those opportunities available, but with the pandemic and everyone quarantining, we also know how challenging it can be to get out these days. Therefore, here are some spiritual practices we can embrace during these six weeks of Lent. Some are quite easy (who can’t pray for three minutes?), and some are the kind of challenge that may take a lifetime (forgiveness is often a struggle). Throughout these weeks of Lent, join with us as we all work on our own spiritual health and follow Jesus’ lead to love and he has loved us.
Week 3 (March 7-13) Pray for Your Enemies! Jesus asked us to pray—not just for our loved ones or friends, but also for our enemies. This doesn’t mean we have to like our enemies, just pray for them. Ask God to be present in their lives, guiding them, helping them. You can even ask for God to change their hearts. In doing so, we may find God changing ours. Lift up at least one enemy this week in prayer on a regular basis.
On these weeks, the most important thing is that we all attempt these challenges to the best of our abilities. This doesn’t mean we have to succeed at all of them, all the time. Each day is a new day. If you forget to do your challenge one day, that’s okay. Start over tomorrow and try again. As we walk together through these weeks, may we all find ways to build up one another and encourage one another in faith. This journey isn’t a journey of one. It is ours to share.