Practice

During the Lent midweek gatherings this year, we learned about some spiritual practices. Spiritual practices are things we intentionally do to grow closer to God and keep God in the center of our lives. They are not add-ons, things we must do in addition to our already overloaded and busy days. Spiritual practices are new ways of looking at activities we are already doing.

Here are the three things we considered (Due to inclement weather, we were only able to gather three times this Lent instead of five.)

  • Our hands: our hands are engaged in work all day long. But through our hands we can receive and give God’s mercy and grace. A practice we might consider is when washing out hands or setting our hands on the computer keyboard is to pause a moment and hold our hands with palms facing up to receive God’s love, mercy and grace; then turn them over, palms facing down, to remember to share that love, mercy and grace through our acts of service.
  • Praying all day long: we all want to pray more, but finding time to set aside moments, minutes or hours to pray never seems to fit into our schedules. The use a prayer mantra, a brief word or phrase that is repeated all through the day is one way to increase the amount of time we pray daily. Words like “Come Lord Jesus”, “Thank you God” or “Glory to God” can be prayed while we brush our teeth, wait in traffic, or performing chores like laundry or loading the dishwasher. Mantras can help us find time to pray all day.
  • Patience: this practice of leaning into patience instead of becoming upset or angry proved to be a difficult one to embrace for all present on Wed, April 3. But the practice is to embrace the time before you, to let events unfold in their own time and giving up control. Pray for the impatient souls around you while waiting in line or traffic. Relax into the time you’ve been given. Let patience be a wall that protects you with calmness as the waves of trouble crash in.

See, spiritual practices aren’t just for those more holy than us, who have learned how to set aside hours in a day to spend with God. Spiritual practices are for those of us leading regular lives, trying to put God first and living out what it means to join Jesus in his mercy to change me, we and the world.

We’ll be looking for you tomorrow at 9:00 or 10:30 am as we gather for Palm Sunday worship and begin Holy Week, leading to the cross. We hope you can join us after the 2nd service for a time of community fun: Taco Bar & Bunco games.

Grace be with you,

Vikki

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