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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 5 (March 21-27)  Give It Away! Is there some treasure or prized possession you’ve been saving that needs to change hands? Maybe it is an heirloom or a favorite piece of furniture. Maybe some clothes that are just like new, but that you’ll never wear. This is the week to give it away—that heirloom might need to go to the next generation or a beloved friend, that furniture might bless another home that needs it, those clothes can bring a smile to someone else’s face. Share what you have, and you will find blessing.     

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.