A Lenten gift from the United Church of Canada Foundation:
David Armour, the Foundation President, has offered 5 Lenten practices to enhance our spiritual life and well being:
The 1st Practice: Saying No
Saying no, not indiscriminately or selfishly, but wisely and intentionally as a follower of Jesus. Discern when to say “No” by considering your trust in God to provide, and your commitment to serve and worship God alone. Also consider your values (eg. faithfulness, kindness, generosity, honesty) and say no when something contradicts that list of values.
The 2nd Practice: Being a Blessing.
Use what God has given you to be a blessing to someone else. Once a day, secretly bless someone or gift someone with something, without letting on that it was you.
The 3rd Practice: Worship.
Worship, like stewardship, is your response to God, who God is and what God does. Every day, use some of your time to enter into God’s presence and to worship (ie. pray, read scripture, keep silence, sing or listen to a worship song).
The 4th Practice: Appreciation.
Take stock of all that you are grateful for. Look, touch, smell, remember, immerse yourself in all that you have been given, physical and non-physical. Acknowledge, appreciate and offer thanks for the many gifts.
The 5th Practice: Hope.
Hope happens when, in a difficult situation, we turn to God and consider “what might God do in this circumstance?” Reflect on this question throughout Lent, and in so doing, you are activating your faith.
Come touch our souls that we may know and love you, your quiet presence all our fears dispel; create a space for spirit to grow in us, let life and beauty fill us, come touch and bless our souls. (More Voices #12 Come Touch Our Hearts, v 2)
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