offered by Leah Springford
The purpose of Lent is to be a season of fasting, self-denial, Christian growth, penitence, conversion, and simplicity.
Lent, which comes from the Teutonic (Germanic) word for springtime, can be viewed as a spiritual spring cleaning: a time for taking spiritual inventory and then cleaning out those things which hinder our corporate and personal relationships with God and our service to him.
I found these words on a Faith and Worship website and they seem to fit so perfectly into the time we are sharing together now, the period of self isolation that forces us to find a way to keep busy. As we vacuum, dust, or clear out the garage to fill time, why not use that time to clean out those things within us that get in the way of our relationship with God. Prayer does not have to be done alone in a dark room – it can be done anywhere. Take a moment in the garage while looking through a box that’s been there for years and remember God. Think of that box empty – see it as part of your clear path to God. Not only will you be satisfied that you have actually emptied a box but the symbolism of that box will stay with you as you continue to “clear out”.
Almighty God, thank you for loving me, for walking with me and for caring about the smallest details in my life.
Fill me with grace Lord, that I may have the strength to face what is before me today. I know not what today will bring forth, but make me ready, Lord, for whatever it may be.