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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 6 (April 2) Good Friday Fast. We will be fasting on Good Friday (April 2) as an entire faith community. Fasting is giving up something. The traditional biblical fast is a denial of all food and drinking of only water for a specific period of time (in this case, 24 hours). However, you can fast at whatever level you’re comfortable fasting–drinking only juice, water, and broth all day without eating any solid food, or eating vegetables but no meat on that day, or refusing desserts or processed foods–make it something that challenges you, but also something you’ll be able to accomplish.  There are other things you can fast from as well—television and social media are popular things to give up these days.     

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.